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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: February 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. PMI: The high cost of low performance shows need for stronger worldwide implementation of project, program and portfolio management.
Posted: February 6, 2016
UAE. S&P expects Abu Dhabi's government balance will worsen further based on the ratings agency's updated oil price assumptions; However, the emirate's large net asset position will continue to give it a considerable buffer to support the economy; Continued structural and institutional weaknesses anticipated.
Posted: February 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "Saudi regional leadership amounts to exploitation of a window of opportunity rather than reliance on the assets and power needed to sustain it. That window of opportunity exists as long as the obvious regional powers - Iran, Turkey and Egypt - are in various degrees of disrepair."
Posted: February 5, 2016
UAE. According to "When Women Thrive" Global Report, 10-year forecast shows Europe and North America struggling to achieve workforce equality; Asia and Middle East ranked lowest; Only 9% of organizations offer women-focused health, financial wellness; Leaders urged to focus on executive engagement and pay equity.
Posted: February 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Russians potentially enter any discussions with a weaker hand. The Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies probably can withstand lower prices longer than the Russians. Russia lacks the financial resources the Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies have at their disposal.
Posted: February 4, 2016
LEBANON. The Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index averaged 39.5 in the third quarter, nearly unchanged from the second quarter of 2015, and decreased by 6.7% to an average of 36.9 in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Posted: February 4, 2016
UAE. 2016 looks like it will be a very tough year for investors; In MENA markets, equities have fallen a long way but remain on valuations that are well above previous distress levels; Our advice is to remain defensively invested and wait for true value to appear in the valuation of risk asset markets before committing.
Posted: February 3, 2016
EGYPT. The lack of incoming new business left firms with little pricing power, as charges were lowered in spite of another sharp rise in total input costs.
Posted: February 3, 2016
UAE. Only 55% of MENA respondents think that their FDA spend is sufficient; 69% of MENA executives believe that they need to do more to improve their current anti-fraud procedures, including the use of forensic data analytics tools.
Posted: February 3, 2016
UAE. Underpinning the slowdown is a relatively subdued rise in new work, which is linked in turn to a near-stagnation in new export business; Growth rates for output and employment also eased, though stocks of pre-production items increased more quickly.
Posted: February 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Open Europe gives its initial assessment of the draft proposal tabled by European Council President Donald Tusk today.
Posted: February 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The visible clash of interests from various cartel members combined with an appreciating Dollar has added to oil's woes consequently obstructing any opportunity for a recovery in prices.
Posted: February 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Oil at the eye of the storm during a volatile week; Oil rebound on speculation of Russo/Opec deal; Gold's rally ran out of steam, leaving longs wondering what's next.
Posted: February 2, 2016
UAE. As in 2015, lower energy prices will continue to translate into markedly weaker deposit growth and contracting liquidity; S&P anticipates slowdowns in lending, and in revenue and earnings growth; Banks will retain a higher portion of their profits by limiting dividends to meet regulatory capital requirements.
Posted: February 1, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. France is often seen as the black sheep of Europe. However, all is not gloomy. Looking more closely, we see that France is very resilient and has numerous strengths.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. PMI: The high cost of low performance shows need for stronger worldwide implementation of project, program and portfolio management.
date:Posted: February 6, 2016
UAE. S&P expects Abu Dhabi's government balance will worsen further based on the ratings agency's updated oil price assumptions; However, the emirate's large net asset position will continue to give it a considerable buffer to support the economy; Continued structural and institutional weaknesses anticipated.
date:Posted: February 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. "Saudi regional leadership amounts to exploitation of a window of opportunity rather than reliance on the assets and power needed to sustain it. That window of opportunity exists as long as the obvious regional powers - Iran, Turkey and Egypt - are in various degrees of disrepair."
UAE. S&P expects Abu Dhabi's government balance will worsen further based on the ratings agency's updated oil price assumptions; However, the emirate's large net asset position will continue to give it a considerable buffer to support the economy; Continued structural and institutional weaknesses anticipated.
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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