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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 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The minutes basically unofficially confirmed that there are only the slimmest of chances for a US interest rate increase next month.
Posted: May 21, 2015
UAE. New study conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the social enterprise C3 reveals the impact of CSR programs on UAE residents; Around three-quarters of residents are more likely to purchase from companies that actively contribute to the community.
Posted: May 20, 2015
UAE. According to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group, 33% of consumers would rather accept a 20% reduction in salary than give up their mobile phone; SME mobile leaders in emerging markets are leapfrogging older generations of technology still widely used in developed markets.
Posted: May 20, 2015
UAE. The first quarter of the year saw overall home values edge downward by a further -0.8%, leaving average prices -0.5% down on this time last year and 19.4% below the Q3 2008 historic peak.
Posted: May 19, 2015
UAE. The financial markets have encountered a volatile day due to a variety of economic data, ECB messages and the Greece headlines inspiring volatility.
Posted: May 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Expectation of Fed rate rise moves towards 4Q15; Long U.S. dollar remains investment markets' most crowded trade, in fund managers' view. However, the survey's 41% reading on this measure has fallen sharply from last month.
Posted: May 19, 2015
UAE. Malaysia & Saudi Arabia hold 69% of total funds under management; Sukuks & equities are the most preferred asset types for investors & asset managers.
Posted: May 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. What we are seeing now are fundamental re-emerging realities: Europe is a highly fragmented collection of nation-states. China contains its centrifugal forces through a powerful and repressive government in Beijing. Russia is neither an equal of the U.S. nor a helpless cripple to be ignored or tutored. And the map of the Middle East, created by the Ottomans and the Europeans, has hidden underlying forces that are rearing their heads.
Posted: May 18, 2015
UAE. Dubai has a presence of 55.7% of international retailers followed by Shanghai with 53.4%; Abu Dhabi ranks third place in top target market by new entrants; London retains top position as international shopping destination.
Posted: May 18, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. 41% of businesses are now equally focussed on divestment and acquisition activity; 54% of businesses said price was not their main consideration, with deal certainty taking precedence; Shift towards "manage and sign" approach rather than "sign and manage."
Posted: May 18, 2015
UAE. With revenues, operating profits, and return on equity still under pressure, banks must narrow their focus and play to strengths; Upgrading digital capabilities is mandatory, says report by The Boston Consulting Group.
Posted: May 17, 2015
UAE. 80% expect the cost of senior compliance to rise in MENA; Tops ranking as region that expects senior compliance staff to cost significantly more.
Posted: May 17, 2015
UAE. Deloitte presents the 2015 Media Predictions for the Middle East at the Arab Media Forum; Online short-form video to represent under three percent of all video watched in the Middle East; Print is alive and well, at least for books.
Posted: May 16, 2015
EGYPT. A stabilizing political landscape and growth-supporting reforms, as well as continued support from some Gulf states, are helping Egypt's economic recovery. S&P now projects real GDP growth at about 4.3% on average in 2015-2018, outstripping the 2.1% average in 2011-2014; 'B-/B' ratings affirmed.
Posted: May 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "So long as extremist factions within the Islamic republic hold key policy making positions, no meaningful reforms are possible within this regime," says Dr. Behrooz Behbudi.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The minutes basically unofficially confirmed that there are only the slimmest of chances for a US interest rate increase next month.
date:Posted: May 21, 2015
UAE. New study conducted by YouGov and commissioned by the social enterprise C3 reveals the impact of CSR programs on UAE residents; Around three-quarters of residents are more likely to purchase from companies that actively contribute to the community.
date:Posted: May 20, 2015
UAE. According to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group, 33% of consumers would rather accept a 20% reduction in salary than give up their mobile phone; SME mobile leaders in emerging markets are leapfrogging older generations of technology still widely used in developed markets.
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