BAHRAIN. Bahrain's creditworthiness escaped a possible downgrade at Fitch Ratings because of reduced near-term political and economic risks in the island-kingdom that contended with anti-government protests earlier this year.
Fitch said it removed the Gulf kingdom from its Credit Watch Negative list for borrowers facing a possible downgrade.
Bahrain’s long-term foreign-currency issuer default rating was affirmed at BBB, the second-lowest investment grade, and its local-currency issuer default rating at BBB+.
“The resolution of the Rating Watch Negative and affirmation of the rating r
UAE. A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group shows that Middle East banking revenues increased by 10.7% in 2013, whilst profits were up by 10.3%; At an aggregate level, provisions for bad loans grew slightly again, by 2.5%.
SAUDI ARABIA. According to an EY study presented at the Jeddah Economic Forum (JEF) 2014, GCC employers do not believe that the local education system prepares young people with the requisite skills, training and attitudes for the workplace.
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia's drive to make Qatar abandon its embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood may founder because of the limited leverage the Saudis and their allies can exercise over the world's richest country.
INTERNATIONAL. Saudi Arabia's fierce campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, already on the run in its Egyptian birthplace, has divided the Gulf Arab bloc, causing discomfort in some member states where the Islamist group is embedded in daily politics.
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.