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Shadow banking was 'de facto financial reform' for China:

Andrew Collier of Orient Capital Research says shadow banking in China gave "free-market reforms" through new banks and non-banks. He adds that following the crack down, the Chinese government has been unable to effectively allocate credit to the private market.

The longer Brexit drags on, the better, says economist

Marie Owens Thomsen of Indosuez Wealth Management says any delay to the Brexit deadline would be positive for the U.K. because it decreases the risk of Britain "crashing out." She also says Britain leaving is a "great" political loss for the European Union.

The U.S. and China are racing to lead the world in new technologies like artificial intelligence, but there is space for more than one success story or innovator, says Alexander Treves of J.P. Morgan Asset Management.

Trump still has a good chance of winning a second term: IIF

Tim Adams of Institute of International Finance says U.S. President Donald Trump still has "incredibly high popularity" among his base, and could win a second term despite tension over the border wall issue.

BP chief: We're investing $1.8 billion in Egypt in 2019

Bob Dudley, CEO of BP, says Egypt has seen a strong set of reforms and is a "really important" place for the company.

Paul Chambers of the Center of ASEAN Community Studies says it's possible there could be a coup in Thailand, given that trouble is brewing in the military.

A second referendum could 'heal' the UK: Former Greek prime minister

Former Prime Minister of Greece George Papandreou says a second referendum in the U.K., if conducted properly, could help the U.K. to heal. He also says Britain is giving up its "voice" by leaving the EU.

Mizuho Bank: RBI's rate cut was 'premature'

Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank says observers may "justifiably" believe that the Reserve Bank of India's decision to cut rates could have been politically influenced.

The Fed, as it should, is taking cues from the market: Analyst

Wayne Kaufman of Phoenix Financial Services says the Federal Reserve has not been data dependent, and that Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is "wise" to pay attention to markets, which are "leading indicators."

The Fed is still in its 'hiking mode': Societe Generale

Toby Lawson of Societe Generale says he still expects two interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve in 2019, though he now sees the hikes happening in the second half of the year.

US could still agree on infrastructure: Brookings

Nicol Turner-Lee of the Brookings Institution discusses outcomes to the political gridlock in Washington following U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

Investor: I'm cautious on Asian emerging markets

Michael Yoshikami of Destination Wealth Management says he's cautious on Asian emerging markets because he anticipates a "spillover effect" from the slowdown in China.

Inviting Trump to China was a 'brilliant' move:

Wendy Cutler of Asia Society Policy Institute explains three reasons why she says that it was a "brilliant" move for China to invite U.S. President Donald Trump to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Eugenia Victorino of SEB says the markets have already priced in a U.S.-China trade deal, and could have a "muted" response to news about an agreement.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg discusses

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talks to CNBC's Julia Boorstin about security, investment in the company and fighting election interference on the platform.

Alibaba is a 'national champion':

The case for Alibaba is "phenomenal," and the company is not going to do anything but grow for the next five or ten years, says John Blank of Zacks Investment Research.

'Very big positives' from the vote on Brexit amendments: Open Europe

The European Union may have to reopen talks with the U.K. because the "only path" to a negotiated agreement is to offer something that the British Parliament can support, says Henry Newman of Open Europe.

Strategist: I expect a 'narrow' US-China trade deal

Sim Moh Siong of the Bank of Singapore says there is a "good possibility" of a "narrow" trade deal between the U.S. and China.

Replacing Venezuelan crude oil could be difficult: Argus Media

Reza Amanat of Argus Media says the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela will directly impact American oil refiners.

Huawei is 'incredibly vulnerable' in US legal case?

China expressed concern over U.S. charges against Huawei. Alex Capri of the National University of Singapore says Beijing's choice of words was "very interesting" because it did not mention anything to do with retaliation.

'Large backlog' of IPOs in the US: Renaissance Capital

Kathleen Smith of Renaissance Capital discusses the challenge that the U.S. government shutdown posed to America's IPO market for the first three weeks of 2019.

David Chinn of McKinsey says it is not unlikely that there could be cyberattacks that cost human lives in the future.

'Extreme adjustment' needed if no-deal Brexit happens:

Richard Jerram of the Bank of Singapore says a no-deal Brexit would be "tremendously disruptive" in the short term, but in the medium term, it won't be as "disastrous" as some predict.

China is robbing Peter to pay Paul

Diane Swonk of Grant Thornton says she doesn't see how China can overcome the inefficiencies of its centrally planned economy without having "ripple effects" on the rest of the world.

Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel, says the company saw more new orders in 2018 compared to the year before, and he is "cautiously optimistic" for 2019.

Don't bet against China, says Fosun International's chairman

Guo Guangchang, chairman of Fosun International, says the Chinese economy may face short downward pressure in the short term, but he "fully" believes in the "huge potential" of China.

I will lend my support to Deutsche Bank: German minister

Deutsche Bank has "suffered some setbacks," but is "basically sound" and can recover, says Peter Altmaier, Germany's economy minister.