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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: May 3, 2015
UAE. According to a new The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, the world's ocean is worth US$24 trillion - over 15 times the asset size of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) combined.
Posted: May 1, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's government and external balance sheets currently remain strong and provide a buffer to withstand external shocks, including a drop in oil prices; The outlook remains negative, reflecting S&P's view that Saudi Arabia's general government fiscal position is weakening.
Posted: April 30, 2015
UAE. HSBC research shows traditional inheritance dying out as more working age people redistribute their savings during their lifetime and leave less for future generations; 92% of working age people provide regular financial support to family or friends.
Posted: April 29, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Gasoline stocks up 80,000 barrels; Refinery utilization, or run rate, up 0.5 percentage point.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. Management accountants are often involved in the formulation of business strategy, but not all businesses yet use the discipline to its full potential, finds report.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. EY launches Diversification Tracker, which benchmarks the GCC countries both globally and against each other; Study identifies transport, financial services, tourism, telecoms and R&D as the "sweet spot" where regional strengths, economic impact and nationals' employment preferences converge.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. Slow start to 2015 will be bolstered by deals anticipated for later in the year; Egyptian market sees three new listings; UAE remains most targeted GCC country, but Qatar overtakes the UAE to become the most active outbound investor in Q1 2015.
Posted: April 28, 2015
UAE. GCC wages are set to rise at an average of 5% in 2015, rebounding from a brief dip to 4.8% last year, according to Towers Watson; Growing inflation translates into pressure for all.
Posted: April 28, 2015
UAE. As banks address new capital regulatory requirements and slow balance sheet growth, a new global study on alternative channels for capital from shadow banking provides a unique investor perspective on what it will take for these financing vehicles to take hold and support economic growth.
Posted: April 28, 2015
UAE. The report presents the demand-supply dynamics of the GCC food industry across its countries and major food categories; Food demand in the GCC is driven by several factors including a growing population base, increasing affluence and rising tourist inflow.
Posted: April 28, 2015
UAE. The UAE listed insurer market posted its worst-ever underwriting performance in 2014, mainly because of fierce competition that drove down premiums in medical and motor insurance; The positive economic outlook for the UAE is likely to expand the insurance market in 2015.
Posted: April 28, 2015
UAE. The report provides an outlook on the global economy, a look at merger and acquisition activity in the consumer products industry and the importance of connecting with the connected consumer.
Posted: April 28, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. JLL report assesses latest trends in Saudi Arabia's largest city; Recent changes to the mortgage regulations have resulted in a shift in demand away from residential sales to rentals.
Posted: April 28, 2015
BAHRAIN. New mall developments entering the market; Residential rental rates remain stable with increasing demand witnessed in popular expatriate areas.
Posted: April 27, 2015
UAE. Industry must focus on cyber security, integration and analytics to reduce extraction costs and plug systemic skills crisis; Strategy firm releases white paper on data driven oil fields.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 3, 2015
UAE. According to a new The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, the world's ocean is worth US$24 trillion - over 15 times the asset size of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) combined.
date:Posted: May 1, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's government and external balance sheets currently remain strong and provide a buffer to withstand external shocks, including a drop in oil prices; The outlook remains negative, reflecting S&P's view that Saudi Arabia's general government fiscal position is weakening.
date:Posted: April 30, 2015
UAE. HSBC research shows traditional inheritance dying out as more working age people redistribute their savings during their lifetime and leave less for future generations; 92% of working age people provide regular financial support to family or friends.
UAE. According to a new The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, the world's ocean is worth US$24 trillion - over 15 times the asset size of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) combined.
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