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
SAUDI ARABIA. Recent resolutions indicate a growing approach by the Ministry of Labour to require the complete Saudisation of certain activities within the retail sector. This article examines the existing requirements and also the proposal for a weighted Nitiqat.
INTERNATIONAL. 52% of companies don't have the necessary data to enhance insight into mobility plans; More than a third (35%) struggle to secure the right talent for mobility; 72% are not tracking the success of their international assignments.
UAE. Approximately one in five respondents in the Middle East explicitly stated that they are willing to act unethically and offer entertainment to win or retain business; 23% of respondents agree that it is common practice to use bribery to win contracts.
INTERNATIONAL. Global stocks overlooked the resurgence in oil prices with most major stocks tumbling to fresh six week lows during trading on Thursday, on the possibility that the Fed could raise rates in Q2.
UAE. In 2015, 38% more security incidents were detected in the Middle East than in 2014; Theft of "hard" intellectual property increased to 56% in; Incidents attributed to business partners climbed to 22%, from 18% in 2014.
INTERNATIONAL. The forced resignation of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu suggests only one thing - President Erdogan will tolerate no one in his government to deviate from any of his political positions.
LEBANON. Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index improved by 5.7% in January, but declined by 1.3% in February and regressed by 10% in March 2016, which constituted the steepest monthly drop since September 2015.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."