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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: December 18, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.
Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. No matter what your position, location, size of your operation, the following 15 trends starts to collide and open up amazing and instant opportunities.
Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Their dependence on oil is their Achilles' heel, and a knife went through it when the price of oil started to fall. They're also hurt by the sanctions that make it difficult to finance debt.
Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. The level of consumer trust in insurers is 52%, compared to 73% for supermarkets, and 71% for banks; 32% in UAE and 49% in KSA likely to switch insurers in the next 12 months.
Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Russians don't respond to economic pressure as Westerners do. Sanctions reflect European and American thresholds of pain. They are designed to cause pain that the West could not withstand. Applied to others, the effects may vary.
Posted: December 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. In general, the lack of certainty regarding damages means the litigation risk is significantly higher in Saudi Arabia compared with other jurisdictions. In comparison, however, the level of damages awards remains much lower.
Posted: December 17, 2014
UAE. CFA Institute's 2015 Global Market Sentiment Survey highlights importance of central bank policies for 2015 market performance, notes concerns about weak developed markets and political instability.
Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Global investors are keeping faith with equities on improved growth outlook, while raising cash as markets enter the volatile year-end period, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for December.
Posted: December 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The stunning 40% drop in the price of oil over the past few months has scrambled global economic forecasts, changed the geopolitical landscape, and has severely pressured many energy sector investments.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. The residential segment has experienced a period of relative stability during H2 2014, with rental rates remaining broadly flat. Over the course of the year, modest growth of around 7% was recorded, compared with 24% during 2013, according to CBRE's year-end market update.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 2015 cannot be worse than 2014; Libya and Syria are not likely to resolve their problems in 2015; Fall of oil prices will have a destabilizing impact on most countries in the short term.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. 49% believe women and men are treated equally in the workplace, according to "Status of Working Women in the Middle East" survey by Bayt.com and YouGov.
Posted: December 15, 2014
UAE. An analysis of the rental yields by unit sizes across monitored areas shows an inverse relationship between unit sizes and yields; the higher the unit size, the lower the yields.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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