Vandana Hari of Vanda Insights says crude oil prices have been rising on trade optimism, but she sees a "red flag" in this and wonders if the market may be overpricing the success of a U.S.-China deal.
Gregory Daco of Oxford Economics says the global economy is "not falling off a cliff," but there are risks of the slowdown being exacerbated if the U.S.-China trade war worsens.
Tidjane Thiam of Credit Suisse says he has "very positive expectations" for China in the long term because fundamentals such as the huge economy and strong population are "in place."
Weighing in on Facebook's libra, Kristo Käärmann of TransferWise says inventing a new currency "isn't necessarily helping" to reduce the costs and inefficiencies related to moving money from one country to another. He says it's hard to imagine a big community of countries of giving up their national currencies and starting to use a common one.
Brian Nick of Nuveen says he wouldn't be buying a phase one U.S.-China deal at this point and advises caution in the market.
Janice Lee of PCCW Media Group says that the company is focused on user stickiness beyond just user numbers. She added that content needs to be more targeted for different markets.
Peter Ru of Neuberger Berman says it is a good time for foreign investors to get into China's bond market right now.
Sarah Lien of Eastspring Investments says that the Hong Kong economy could get better once the US-China trade war front settles. She adds that the China's long term growth is still robust and valuations are compelling.
Joseph Lubin of ConsenSys and co-founder of Ethereum says there is "no reason" for China's expected digital currency to adopt the decentralizing aspects of blockchain.
Katrina Ell of Moody's Analytics says the U.S.-China trade war has been a "really big catalyst" for the "pain" being felt by the global economy.
Jimmy Chang of Rockefeller Capital Management explains why he is "more cautious" on the U.S. at the moment.
Rob Morris of Ascend by Cirium says it's in the market's interest to ensure the situation surrounding the grounded Boeing 737 Max is fixed.
Sam Poser of Susquehanna Financial Group explains why Under Armour might be losing its appeal to the younger crowd.
Brian Jacobsen of Wells Fargo Asset Management says the phase one trade deal between U.S. and China might be just that, as opposed to a prelude to a phase two or three deal.
Rick Helfenbein of the American Apparel & Footwear Association says U.S. apparel manufacturers "don't have a place to go" besides China and will just have to pay the tariffs imposed amid the trade war. He also says he would much rather see the trade war be resolved under President Donald Trump than to hand it over to the Democrats.
Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank says the Fed's move in October was a dovish pause rather than a "hawkish cut." He also says the U.S. payrolls data was a "Goldilocks" report.
Mathan Somasundaram of Blue Ocean Equities says the banking sector is getting attacked on "all fronts," and Commonwealth Bank and Westpac are "under threat."
Carlos Casanova of Coface says the Bank of Thailand is likely to cut rates this week, but the Reserve Bank of Australia and Bank Negara Malaysia could stand pat.
Charles Freeman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says a phase one U.S.-China deal is "no replacement" for a comprehensive agreement and there's still a long way to go.
David Mann of Standard Chartered Bank says the Fed is likely to cut rates in December 2019 because the situation could get complicated as the 2020 U.S. elections approach. He also says there's a "slow motion slowdown" going on "worldwide."
Based at CNBC's Hong Kong studios, Bernie Lo covers core business day programming and anchors Squawk Box Asia.
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An experienced business and financial markets correspondent who specializes in commodities since 1997, Sri Jegarajah follows global energy developments closely.