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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 21, 2014
UAE. CIOs are faced with balancing the needs of workers to be more mobile and have more choice with the needs of the enterprise to protect its data regardless of the delivery channel.
Posted: October 21, 2014
UAE. End-unit prices have surpassed their peak of 2008, however land prices are still at 50% of their peak levels.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. "The proposed Amanat IPO is strong evidence of continuing interest in regional and international interest in IPOs in the UAE and the GCC more widely, despite the recent softening in equity markets globally."
Posted: October 20, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Food and rental inflation accelerate; Jadwa revises its estimates for average annual inflation to 2.8% for 2014, slightly down from 2.9%.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. The strengthening economic fundamentals, the amelioration in the risk profile of major regional countries, the governmental implementation of key business-friendly reforms are all stimulating factors for deal generation activity, according to a Bureau van Dijk and MENA Research Partners report.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. Up 400,000 barrels per day from August and the highest level since December 2013, led by Libyan output recovery; Higher volumes from Iraq also drove the increase; "It's numbers like this that are contributing to the enormous slide in oil prices."
Posted: October 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities reached a new five-year low last week as weakness in energy and industrial metals offset gains in precious metals and agriculture.
Posted: October 20, 2014
QATAR. Deflation is defined as a generalized decline in prices; The risk of such a scenario occurring is rising as crude oil prices tumble and major equity markets witness a significant correction.
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. The IMF revises GCC growth higher, but GCC equities head lower; Concerns on global growth spur flight to safety; The USD may have peaked short-term.
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. Expedia/Egencia study examines how mobile devices impact travel; Second only to India, UAE travelers are the most dependent on mobile devices - with 86% saying their smartphone is "very important/critical" versus 76% globally.
Posted: October 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Affluents in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America are far more likely to own these devices than their European counterparts, according to the Ipsos Global Affluent Survey.
Posted: October 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The pharma industry has grown from US$3-US$4 billion from 2008-2013; Healthcare budget as a percentage of GDP has increased from 3.4% to 4.9% over the same period; Physical penetration of international players and gradual shift towards low-cost genetics changing landscape.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. Market share will likely keep increasing within a supportive operating environment; S&P estimates market share is nearing 25% of overall GCC banking system assets and that it could edge closer to 30% over the next 5-6 years; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE offer the brightest growth opportunities.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. EY launches the "Growth drivers" report which identifies the four biggest drivers of policy; Governments are increasingly viewing entrepreneurship and SME development as a solution to youth unemployment and sustainable economic growth
Posted: October 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Governments can make significant strides in job creation by reforming policies used to protect politically connected companies, which would in turn promote competition, and ensure equal opportunities for all firms.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 21, 2014
UAE. CIOs are faced with balancing the needs of workers to be more mobile and have more choice with the needs of the enterprise to protect its data regardless of the delivery channel.
date:Posted: October 21, 2014
UAE. End-unit prices have surpassed their peak of 2008, however land prices are still at 50% of their peak levels.
date:Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. "The proposed Amanat IPO is strong evidence of continuing interest in regional and international interest in IPOs in the UAE and the GCC more widely, despite the recent softening in equity markets globally."
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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