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European stock markets posted double-digit gains in 2013 while some of the continent’s economies struggled to climb back out of recession. In the strange world of rock-bottom interest rates, good news was often bad, and bad news good.  

The tide of liquidity from central banks has sloshed its way around the world, touching practically every investment. Rarely has so much attention been paid to every utterance of the bank chiefs who stand astride the floodgates.

Making sense of this is what journalists at The Wall Street Journal do best, in print, online and mobile.

The Journal has put together a panel of its top editors and reporters in the EMEA region to discuss the key issues investors should be considering in 2014.

They will analyze, among other things, where market bubbles might be lurking; whether the euro-zone crisis has any further surprises in store and the question everyone wants to know the answer to: when will central banks start to reel in their loose monetary programs?

 

 

 

HOST

THOROLD BARKER  is Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones. Before moving to London, Thorold was Heard on the Street Editor based in New York and was previously U.S. Editor of the Financial Times's Lex column. Prior to becoming a journalist, he was a management consultant at Bain & Co.

 

PANELISTS

SIMON NIXON  is Chief European Commentator of The Wall Street Journal. He joined the Journal in 2008 and was previously European editor of Heard on the Street. Before that, he was Executive Editor of the BreakingViews financial commentary service, City Editor of The Week and a founding editor of Moneyweek. Before becoming a journalist, he worked for five years in investment banking.

KATIE MARTIN  is Real-Time Markets Editor, EMEA, at The Wall Street Journal. She covers a range of markets as well as banks and the intermediaries behind them that make them tick. She previously worked as a journalist at Euromoney and holds a degree in Russian from Cambridge University.

CHARLES FORELLE  is Europe Markets Editor for The Wall Street Journal, overseeing coverage of the region’s markets for the Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. He joined the Journal in 2002, in Boston, and has been based abroad, in Brussels and then in London, since 2007. He’s reported from across Europe on economy and finance. His work at the Journal has received honors including the Pulitzer Prize and an Overseas Press Club award.

CHIP CUMMINS is The Wall Street Journal’s Business Editor for Europe. Chip’s career at Dow Jones spans 17 years and three continents, establishing him as one of our newsroom’s premier editors and reporters. Most recently, he was based in Toronto as Canada Bureau Chief for the Journal and Dow Jones Newswires and prior to this he was the Journal’s Bureau Chief for the Middle East and Africa, based in Dubai. In addition, Chip has worked for Dow Jones and the Journal in Hong Kong, Dallas and London.

 

 

Host

Thorold Barker

Thorold Barker
Editor, Europe, Middle East and Africa for
The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones

 

Panelists

Simon Nixon
Simon Nixon
Chief European Commentator of
The Wall Street Journal

 

Katie Martin
Katie Martin
Real-Time Markets Editor

 

Charles Forelle
Charles Forelle
Europe Markets Editor

 

Chip Cummins
Chip Cummins
Business Editor for Europe