"We have to give people the confidence to come to our market," says Laura Cha, chairperson of the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing (HKEX). She discusses Hong Kong's economic resilience despite its ongoing political unrest and the U.S.-China trade war.
Max Lin from NatWest Markets says China is "off the hook" after the two-year commitment period stated in the "phase one" trade deal with the U.S.
Curtis Chin of Milken Institute says tariffs have "for good and for bad" helped U.S. President Donald Trump in resetting the trade relationship between the U.S. and China.
Nomura's Rob Subbaraman says concerns about slowing growth outstrip those about high inflation in India, as elevated consumer prices are likely just temporary.
Large, traditional banks in Singapore will need to lower their cost of service per customer to compete with financial technology players in the digital banking space, says Michael Araneta from IDC Financial Insights.
The U.S., Canada and China need to prevent further tit-for-tat sanctions and judicial differences from forestalling the fraud trial of former senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, says Richard Kurland from Kurland Tobe Immigration Law Firm.
James Eginton of Tribeca Investment Partners Global Natural Resources discusses the outlook for Australian mining giant BHP on the back of growing environmental concerns and delays in its Jansen potash project in Canada.
Mohammed Barkindo says the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries can only adjust supply to keep the oil markets balanced while watching fluctuations in demand "with very keen interest."
Vishnu Varathan from Mizuho Bank expects the People's Bank of China to cut the reserve requirement ratio by 50 basis points in the first half of the year, and possibly another 50 in the next depending on how the U.S.-China trade situation progresses.
Professor Kenneth Gillingham from Yale University says for renewable energies to take off substantially, their prices need to be "well below" that of fossil fuels.
Businesses are not convinced the U.S.-China "phase one" trade deal could hold for long, said Richard Martin, managing director at IMA Asia.
Wayne Gordon from UBS says a pickup in oil demand in the second-half would likely be due to a slowdown in productivity growth in the U.S. and a cyclical recovery of economic growth.
Turkey and Russia are the two most interesting third parties involved in the Libyan domestic conflict, says Aykan Erdemir from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Richard Martin of IMA Asia says the U.S. alone can determine when China is breaking trade rules and inflict any penalty it wants, while Beijing's only choice is to walk away from the agreement.
It will be a tough sell for the U.S. to compete on major products such as soybeans or ethanol, but it is in a good spot to export niche items like pork to China, says Andrei Agapi from S&P Global Platts.
An internal conflict in Libya has forced shut some of its oil fields, and prolonged closure could reduce output by up to 800,000 barrels a day, says Azlin Ahmad from Argus Media.
Taiwan's largest semiconductor manufacturer, TSMC, spends at least five to six times the capital expenditure of its Chinese competitors, says Randy Abrams from Credit Suisse.
Victoria Fernandez from Crossmark Global Investments says that the earnings multiple for U.S. banks has "more room to move higher". She adds that investors should also consider these banks' business relationships and the steepening yield curve.
Joshua Kurlantzick from the Council of Foreign Relations analyzes reasons for Chinese investment in Myanmar despite the latter facing "global condemnation" on human rights issues. He adds that strong bilateral ties will remain of "paramount importance" to Myanmar.
Thomas Madden from Leyland Private Asset Management discusses Rio Tinto's outlook for 2020 and the mining giant's financial decisions made in recent years.
Martin Soong is the co-anchor of CNBC's Street Signs, based in Singapore. The programme follows the day's biggest moves to provide viewers with actionable, real-time insights.
An experienced business and financial markets correspondent who specializes in commodities since 1997, Sri Jegarajah follows global energy developments closely.