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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: October 1, 2014
UAE. The UAE took part last week in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State; Gulf Arabs regard Islamist groups as an existential challenge to their thriving economies and monarchies.
Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Constitutional Court will keep challenging EU attempts at federalization and the Bundesbank will keep criticizing every measure that would reduce German sovereignty.
Posted: October 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
Posted: September 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Stock market weakness, falling bond yields and the strong dollar, were some of the overall drivers, with geopolitical worries holding steady on the horizon.
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. PMI data indicates that MENA has still the same leaders, and same laggards, according to the latest Crédit Agricole report; UAE August 2014 PMI set a new record at 58.4; Saudi Arabia headline PMI in August hit its highest level in over 3 years.
Posted: September 28, 2014
KUWAIT. August oil production was 2.89mln bpd; Tenders to build Kuwait's Al Zour refinery have been extended after delays and political opposition.
Posted: September 28, 2014
UAE. "Maturing organizations in the Middle East are led by executives who believe that social business represents an opportunity to fundamentally change the way their organization works, and leave a positive impact on business outcomes," according to Deloitte's Rana Ghandour Salhab.
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. QNB Group expect Indonesia's real GDP growth to slow further in 2014-15. Nonetheless, the country's long-term potential remains large if challenges can be overcome.
Posted: September 27, 2014
QATAR. Qatar's strong net external and fiscal asset positions balance the concentration risk related to the economy's reliance on the oil and gas sector, says S&P; The outlook is stable.
Posted: September 26, 2014
UAE. Regional private wealth will reach US$7.2 trillion by end of 2018, approx. 3.6% of total global wealth; "Some clients are under the mistaken belief that their wealth may be very high to use the services of wealth management experts."
Posted: September 26, 2014
UAE. The AEC, whose primary focus is a single market for trade across the ASEAN region, comes into force in 2015; Set to catalyse further the ASEAN region's economic growth and bring together a market of 600 million consumers.
Posted: September 25, 2014
KUWAIT. Surplus is 1.6% higher than previous year; Total received revenues in the fiscal year 2013/2014 amounted to KWD31.8bln; KFH Research continues to forecast a surplus of 17.9% in FY2014/15.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 1, 2014
UAE. The UAE took part last week in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State; Gulf Arabs regard Islamist groups as an existential challenge to their thriving economies and monarchies.
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Constitutional Court will keep challenging EU attempts at federalization and the Bundesbank will keep criticizing every measure that would reduce German sovereignty.
date:Posted: October 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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