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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 29, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. SAGIA announced in early 2016 their plan to focus on priority sectors identified as having a direct impact on economic and human development, including healthcare.
Posted: April 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The investment community is significantly more likely than CEOs to consider misaligned performance incentives as a barrier to change: almost half (49%) of investors surveyed in the report flagged this as a major concern compared to only 17% of chief executives.
Posted: April 28, 2016
UAE. 51% of all Dubai hotels in mid-market segment versus 89% in New York; PwC research released at ATM 2016 touts construction figure of US$80k per room as incentive for developers looking for solid returns in high demand segment.
Posted: April 27, 2016
UAE. Residential values drop 2.2% in Q1 2016; Strongest quarterly decrease in five years and the seventh consecutive quarterly decline, according to Cluttons.
Posted: April 27, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Although this represents positive news, the key will be the materialization of infrastructure projects and utilizing white lands to reverse the recent slowdown.
Posted: April 27, 2016
UAE. The offerings use mobile technology to engage people of all ages, locally and globally, with the aim to positively impact Education, Health, Global Sustainability and Financial Literacy.
Posted: April 26, 2016
The residential and hotel market experienced a general slowdown, while the office and retail segments witnessed some marginal growth, according to JLL's Q1 2016 Riyadh Real Estate Outlook
Posted: April 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "The complacent are resigned to the status quo, the indifferent do not care, the delusional keep fantasizing, the politicians are busy manipulating, and the power hungry lie and cheat to cling to their positions."
Posted: April 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Global stocks may be rattled this week as major central banks meet to determine the next major move in obtaining domestic stability, while quelling the concerns over the global economy.
Posted: April 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Operational taxes in the AM industry are taxes impacting the fund business model, including the funds, their investors and their investments.
Posted: April 25, 2016
UAE. This article explores some of the common pitfalls and tricky issues which arise in relation to statutory Gratuity in the UAE. This is, however, a regional issue and many of the points flagged will apply equally across the Middle East.
Posted: April 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Stock markets were offered a welcome boost following the sharp appreciation in oil prices that temporarily elevated confidence towards the global economy and heightened investor risk appetite.
Posted: April 20, 2016
UAE. Latest quarterly global survey from ACCA shows businesses less optimistic in Q1 16/17 than at any other time in the past four years; UAE investment intention dipped and expectations of government spending tumbled, but the region is expected to do well in its tourism and logistics sectors.
Posted: April 19, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The growth in the CVC market is explored in a new EY report, which looks at the variety of strategies, approaches and models adopted by mature enterprises to access disruptive innovation.
Posted: April 19, 2016
QATAR. "Removing uncertainty and considering new models of compliance could provide increased clarity and consistency for taxpayers whilst maintaining resources efficiency for tax administration."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 29, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. SAGIA announced in early 2016 their plan to focus on priority sectors identified as having a direct impact on economic and human development, including healthcare.
date:Posted: April 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The investment community is significantly more likely than CEOs to consider misaligned performance incentives as a barrier to change: almost half (49%) of investors surveyed in the report flagged this as a major concern compared to only 17% of chief executives.
date:Posted: April 28, 2016
UAE. 51% of all Dubai hotels in mid-market segment versus 89% in New York; PwC research released at ATM 2016 touts construction figure of US$80k per room as incentive for developers looking for solid returns in high demand segment.
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."
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