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
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.
INTERNATIONAL. We have entered a new chapter in the history of central banking. This paradigm shift changes the policy tools that have traditionally defined the sphere of macroeconomic decision-making; We have built an economy that is now so leveraged that it needs zero percent interest rates just to tread water.
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will need to keep cutting oil output to sustain prices above US$100 a barrel, according to BNP Paribas and Societe Generale; "We are swimming in crude, and they know that better than anyone because they are the biggest exporter."
OMAN. Orascom Development Holding unit had a loss of OMR19.8 million in the comparable period; Positive performance will allow for further investment in the development of Muriya’s two destinations of Jebel Sifah and Salalah Beach.