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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: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.
Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. "The establishment of QIFs aimed at sophisticated, high-net worth investors is a welcome development which reflects the fact that a one size fits all approach to regulation is not appropriate."
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Rising geopolitical tensions and slowing global growth; GCC markets remain steady in spite of increased global volatility; Commodity prices soft on China bank data.
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. "In the short term, Erdogan's election signals a sign for continuity for Turkey. However, in the medium to longer term, questions remain. As in any political arena, a concentration of power and reduction of checks and balances carries negative risks."
Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Dubai has a bold vision to become the world's most visited city by 2020. The Director of Dubai's Tourism department, Helal Saeed Almarri, discusses how his team will make it happen.
Posted: August 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting, it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned.
Posted: August 19, 2014
UAE. Frost & Sullivan study finds the market earned revenues of US$549.3 million in 2013 and estimates US$818.5 million in 2018, at a CAGR of 8.3%. The study covers the Middle East market for industrial service of pumps, motors, compressors, automation, instrumentation and electric drives.
Posted: August 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We believe that raising capital requirements through the introduction of new capital buffers will help to make the industry more resilient," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Mohamed Damak.
Posted: August 18, 2014
QATAR. A longer-term perspective is needed to judge the economic merits of hosting a major sporting event. This could provide useful lessons for Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup will take place.
Posted: August 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Ross Norman, CEO of Sharps Pixley, discusses the implications of the end of London's Victorian era silver fix.
Posted: August 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Stratfor analysts discuss the Russian humanitarian aid convoy and the military- and weather-related obstacles that both sides face as fighting continues in Ukraine.
Posted: August 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In his latest Gold Videocast, Peter Schiff meets with Jim Rickards, author of The Death of Money, for an exclusive interview about gold's role in the international currency wars.
Posted: August 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. What do the Americas offer expats eager to getaway, or bolster investment portfolios abroad? How is the resurgence in international mortgage financing assisting these escape artists and sophisticated investors in achieving their objectives?
Posted: August 15, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait confirms the network layout for its new US$20 billion metro with construction due to begin in 2017; KNPC to invest US$35 billion on expanding oil and gas projects over the next five years.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. "The establishment of QIFs aimed at sophisticated, high-net worth investors is a welcome development which reflects the fact that a one size fits all approach to regulation is not appropriate."
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia set out draft proposals on foreign-shareholder limits as one of the world's most restricted stock markets prepares to open its doors for the first time to investors outside the region.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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