Politics & Economics

Posted: 19-07-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Something extraordinary, albeit not unexpected, is happening in the Persian Gulf region. The United States, lacking a coherent strategy to deal with Iran and too distracted to develop one, is struggling to navigate Iraq’s fractious political landscape in search of a deal that would allow Washington to keep a meaningful military presence in the country beyond the end-of-2011 deadline stipulated by the current Status of Forces Agreement. At the same time, Saudi Arabia, dubious of U.S. capabilities and intentions toward Iran, appears to be inching reluctantly toward an accommod
Posted: August 16, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The global distribution of outlooks deteriorated in the first half of 2016 as Negative Outlooks (22%) far outweighed Positives (5%), a level not seen since 2009.
Posted: August 13, 2016
KUWAIT. Ratings continue to be supported by the sovereign's high levels of accumulated fiscal, external, and household wealth, despite the low oil price environment.
Posted: August 10, 2016
UAE. Current market valuation of cyber incident impact is grossly underestimated; The ability to quantify intangible damages is especially important in anticipating business impact; This is particularly important in the Middle East, which is viewed as being on "High-Alert".
Posted: August 10, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 54% of the working age population in MENA is unemployed with little prospect of any positive immediate change; A shift in focus towards giving young people employability skills is required.
Posted: August 9, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Sterling slipped below 1.3 for the first time since July 12 following comments from BoE's Ian McCafferty that more easing is likely to be required if economic conditions deteriorated.
Posted: August 9, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The challenging macroeconomic environment, recent terrorist attacks, growing cyber threats and global political uncertainties are leading to a surge in demand for political risk and crisis management protection.
Posted: August 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Adam Woodhouse, director in KPMG's CIO advisory practice, comments on the consequences of the Brexit vote for CIOs and what they should be doing next.
Posted: August 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Andrew Sentence, senior economic adviser at PwC, comments on the latest BoE bank rate cut; "A token gesture which is unlikely to help the economy much in the current situation".
Posted: August 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Central bank made history by cutting interest rates to a new record-low at 0.25%; The MPC also announced an expansion to QE and the introduction of purchasing corporate bonds.
Posted: August 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The facts on the ground remind us of the Vietnam War, except that the war in Afghanistan is even more complicated and becoming increasingly intractable.
Posted: August 4, 2016
LEBANON. 78% of the surveyed Lebanese considered that their personal financial situation is "worse off" than it was six months earlier, while 17.6% stated that their financial situation remained the same and only 4.4% said it was "better off".
Posted: August 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Possibly a transitional EEA-style relationship (that mirrors the EEA in almost every aspect) pending a tailored, bilateral FTA agreement being thrashed out.
Posted: August 4, 2016
UAE. Latest quarterly global survey from ACCA and IMA shows oil price rise boosts business confidence across GCC; Continued focus on diversification and closing budget deficits remain key; However Brexit shock likely to offset fragile recovery in global business confidence in Q2 16/17.
Posted: August 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Although equities ignored oil price movements most recently, the strong correlation is likely to come back as oil trades below US$40.
Posted: August 1, 2016
UAE. New report from MEED says oil price recovery will boost UAE economy in 2017; Higher oil prices, Expo 2020 and increasing trade with Iran to drive recovery; Projects market to benefit from return of confidence with $629bn project pipeline.


date:Posted: August 30, 2016
UAE. Technology, real estate and consumer products are leading M&A sectors by transaction value in H1 2016; Domestic deal value increases 67% in H1 2016 compared to H1 2015.
date:Posted: August 29, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. 88% say advanced manufacturing will transform industrial sector in the next decade; 61% say new innovation approaches in energy sector will reap huge benefits.
date:Posted: August 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. PwC Report: Healthy eating is increasingly on consumer's agendas, with millennials leading the way.
INTERNATIONAL. As smart devices are becoming autonomous, chief information security officers are being required to adopt new mechanisms and approaches to trust.
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