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Posted: 08-08-2011
INTERNATIONAL. Marc Faber the Swiss fund manager and Gloom Boom & Doom editor spoke today about the Standard & Poor's credit rating downgrade of US sovereign debt, and how the downgrade was long overdue as the 'junk bond' was no longer worth of an AAA rating. He views the downgrade as moderately positive for equities because it shows investors there is a risk in holding government bonds and discusses the conditions that will lead to QE3. Speaking in an interview from Chiang Mai, Thailand, with Susan Li on Bloomberg's "Asia Edge" this morning, Faber said a government b
Posted: April 26, 2015
UAE. Financial services industry losing out as customer reward programme satisfaction ranks low, according to Collinson Latitude; Consumer expectations have changed: they expect to be rewarded for their custom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on the device of their choice.
Posted: April 25, 2015
JORDAN. Lower oil prices will support growth prospects, ease pressure on public finances, and help contain current account deficits. Bilateral loans and grants will support financing needs.
Posted: April 25, 2015
UAE. "Arab cinema industry must get more commercial and international," says Mohamed Hefzy, the award winning Egyptian producer and director; More investment is needed in Arab entertainment sector to enable the players to raise the bar, according to Fortress Capital Investments.
Posted: April 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The rally in crude oil and related products continues, and during the week it helped offset losses in industrial and precious metals, leaving the BBG Commodity Index flat.
Posted: April 24, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. As Internet use spreads to older people, rural residents, and women, marketing and media companies face opportunities and challenges in evolving customer base, says new BCG report.
Posted: April 23, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Frost & Sullivan estimates Saudi Arabia will have a 4% weight in the Morgan Stanley Capital International emerging market index. This implies hundreds of billions of dollars would flow into investments.
Posted: April 23, 2015
UAE. JLL issues Q1 2015 Real Estate Market Overview at Cityscape Abu Dhabi; Report assesses the latest trends in the office, residential, retail and hospitality sectors.
Posted: April 23, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Megatrends have major implications as to how electricity is generated and distributed; Profound implications for the strategies and future role of companies all along the power utility value chain is imminent.
Posted: April 22, 2015
UAE. In a speech to the Dubai Global Convention on Leadership for Business Excellence and Innovation, Andrew Ratcliffe expressed to government officials and business leaders that companies should rethink how they behave if they want long-term success.
Posted: April 22, 2015
UAE. Leading property recruitment specialist releases eighth edition of the "Middle East Rewards and Attitudes Survey"; 55% of respondents anticipating an improvement in economic activity.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. 39% of Arab youth agree it will never work, 36% think it could work while the remaining 25% are unsure, according to the 7th Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. Less than 0.15% of the dividends of GCC-listed companies and 0.59% of those of the UAE's dividends invested in tech start-ups vs. 5% in the USA; UAE invests 4x more of its public companies' dividends in tech start-ups.
Posted: April 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Germany exports as much as it consumes, and half of that goes to the EU. More than anyone, it needs the free trade zone for its own well-being. This is why, however the Germans growl, it is not the Grexit they fear but rising tariffs.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. Recent weaknesses in prices have now filtered into the rental market. We believe that the tenancy sector has entered into the period of softening for the medium term.
Posted: April 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New World Bank report calls for accountability in public service delivery and identifies local success stories to inform and inspire reforms.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 26, 2015
UAE. Financial services industry losing out as customer reward programme satisfaction ranks low, according to Collinson Latitude; Consumer expectations have changed: they expect to be rewarded for their custom 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on the device of their choice.
date:Posted: April 25, 2015
JORDAN. Lower oil prices will support growth prospects, ease pressure on public finances, and help contain current account deficits. Bilateral loans and grants will support financing needs.
date:Posted: April 25, 2015
UAE. "Arab cinema industry must get more commercial and international," says Mohamed Hefzy, the award winning Egyptian producer and director; More investment is needed in Arab entertainment sector to enable the players to raise the bar, according to Fortress Capital Investments.
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