INTERNATIONAL. Rising health care costs, coupled with the current state of the economy, have prompted many consumers across the globe to delay care, alter household spending and worry about their ability to pay for future health care costs according to the 4th annual Deloitte Center for Health Solutions “2011 Survey of Health Care Consumers.” “We have been examining consumers’ interactions with the health care system since 2008. A new trend has emerged this year suggesting that economic uncertainty has clearly altered spending habits with many consumers reporting an impact
SAUDI ARABIA. Gulf nations should work together to "respond to any emergency situation" and organize "preventive and precautionary measures including travel bans and refusal of entry visas and work permits."
UAE. "The benefits of customer-funding are far more than just the freedom from heavy loans and interfering investors. Entrepreneurs must realise that their top priority - at least during the early days - is to find paying customers, not to raise capital."
UAE. The meticulously developed QIAL program focuses on internal audit leadership skills, organisational abilities, ethics, innovation and change; KPMG is investing in innovation and training to enhance client servicing and adapt to market needs.
INTERNATIONAL. White paper published by MBA graduates of Harvard Business School in collaboration with Growthgate Capital, suggests that many of the beliefs surrounding the impact of PE firms, such as job destruction and an excessive focus on short-term profitability, do not hold.
UAE. It is said that education is the best investment you can make for yourself and for your children. The affluent population in the Middle East appear to agree. They are also amongst the most digitally plugged-in in the world.
INTERNATIONAL. Long-term infrastructure debt poses a significant pricing challenge with no market prices, private cash flow data scattered amongst originators, and covenant structures creating "embedded options" that are not taken into account in standard valuation models.
UAE. "In the short term, Erdogan's election signals a sign for continuity for Turkey. However, in the medium to longer term, questions remain. As in any political arena, a concentration of power and reduction of checks and balances carries negative risks."
INTERNATIONAL. Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting, it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned.