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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: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The path to the acceptance of the participatory approach to development was forged, through trial and error, over several decades until the 1990s, when its global recognition by development practitioners became well-established.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
Posted: November 20, 2014
UAE. When drafting dispute resolution clauses, it is common for parties to fail to specify the law that should be used to determine the validity of the arbitration clause itself.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. McKinsey Global Institute research paper puts the global cost of obesity, at around US$2 trillion or 2.8% of world economic output, about the same as smoking or armed conflict.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Both countries posted freedom scores of 8.1, according to the annual Economic Freedom of the Arab World report published by the Fraser Institute. Bahrain dropped from first place last year to third place and a score of 8.0 in this year's report, which is based on 2012 data, the most recent available.
Posted: November 19, 2014
UAE. The gap between developed economies and the US is becoming ever wider; the US is taking up the mantel of economic engine, which in turn is exacerbating this divergence. Whilst the US will continue to grow, Europe will once again find itself almost stagnating.
Posted: November 19, 2014
MENA. 35.8 million people are enslaved across the world; India tops the list with 14.29 million; Improved methodology highlights 20% more people, according to the 2014 Global Slavery Index.
Posted: November 19, 2014
UAE. Survey of 835 INSEAD alumni highlights appeal of UAE to new generation of top global business talent in terms of professional and private life; Dubai ranks first in economic dynamism, third in overall attractiveness, and fourth in quality of life and cost of living.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. We have now entered the final phase of Barack Obama's presidency, and like those of several other presidents, it is ending in what we call a state of failure. This is not a judgment on his presidency so much as on the political configuration within it and surrounding it.
Posted: November 18, 2014
UAE. Millennials value personal development and work-life balance over money and status. However, they are still ambitious and believe in their own ability to steer their career.
Posted: November 18, 2014
INTERNATINAL. The campaign group Naame Shaam has published an in-depth report examining various aspects of the Iranian regime's role in the ongoing war in Syria.
Posted: November 18, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia will see 1.2 million barrels per day of new refining capacity come online by 2020; New export-orientated Saudi refineries will be competing in a very tight international market.
Posted: November 18, 2014
UAE. Figures based on "Quantifying the Economic Impact of Aviation in Dubai" report conducted by global research firm, Oxford Economics.
Posted: November 17, 2014
UAE. New report presented to G20 warns that regulatory reform agenda may have passed the tipping point; The UAE regulatory bodies should be constantly reassessing whether the costs of additional regulation exceed the benefits.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The path to the acceptance of the participatory approach to development was forged, through trial and error, over several decades until the 1990s, when its global recognition by development practitioners became well-established.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
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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