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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: September 27, 2016
UAE. The report predicts that residential sale prices will decline further in Dubai for the balance of 2016, but that this rate of decline will slow, as value and affordability returns to the market.
Posted: September 26, 2016
UAE. According to The Boston Consulting Group, today, 7% of all FinTech companies in the Middle East and Africa are concentrated in the GCC.
Posted: September 22, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The switch to renewable energy has already been flicked. Smart utilities willing to drive change will prosper - but it's going to take the turning off of a lot of old paradigms to do so.
Posted: September 21, 2016
QATAR. QNB Group publishes its Qatar Economic Insight September 2016 report; The report examines the outlook for the Qatari economy as it continues its strong growth based on non-hydrocarbon investment spending.
Posted: September 20, 2016
UAE. CIMA members and students in the UAE are confident about their career progression; Average monthly earning among qualified members in the UAE reach US$9,200.
Posted: September 20, 2016
UAE. 40% of MENA respondents list their financial situation as their number one stress-inducing factor, according to new Bayt.com poll.
Posted: September 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. New A.M. Best report notes that the majority of markets are open with few restrictions on operations, with continued market liberalisation and the gradual removal of sanctions from Iran expected to yield further opportunities for reinsurers.
Posted: September 20, 2016
UAE. The study finds that while women continue to make progress within investment management, much more needs to be done to ease the global bottleneck that is preventing their full and equitable advancement within the profession.
Posted: September 19, 2016
UAE. Supply chain risk across the MENA region climbed to 4.406 from 4.371 during the second quarter of 2016, according to the CIPS Risk Index report; Global risk climbed to 80.8, a level not seen since 2013.
Posted: September 19, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. China, India and the US to dominate the global platform economy; much of Europe lags.
Posted: September 19, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Both Riyadh and Jeddah are ranked lower quartile in this year's Sustainable Cities Index report from Arcadis finishing in 76th and 81st place respectively.
Posted: September 18, 2016
UAE. New avenues of tourism (i.e. theme parks), infrastructure, and developments in the run up to the World Expo event will be the key demand drivers for the city's population.
Posted: September 17, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Digital disruption should support future economic growth in Africa, but the reach and benefits of growth need to be more evenly spread; The sharing economy can enable home-grown entrepreneurs to expand their businesses.
Posted: September 16, 2016
UAE. Dubai the most sustainable city in the Middle East, although no GCC city finishes in top half; Study indicates significant disparities across region and all cities struggle with environmental issues.
Posted: September 16, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Researchers at the Universities of Birmingham and Brighton studied a merger in Bahrain, between an Islamic bank and a conventional bank in the wake of financial crisis.

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date:Posted: September 27, 2016
UAE. The report predicts that residential sale prices will decline further in Dubai for the balance of 2016, but that this rate of decline will slow, as value and affordability returns to the market.
date:Posted: September 26, 2016
UAE. According to The Boston Consulting Group, today, 7% of all FinTech companies in the Middle East and Africa are concentrated in the GCC.
date:Posted: September 22, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The switch to renewable energy has already been flicked. Smart utilities willing to drive change will prosper - but it's going to take the turning off of a lot of old paradigms to do so.
UAE. The report predicts that residential sale prices will decline further in Dubai for the balance of 2016, but that this rate of decline will slow, as value and affordability returns to the market.
INTERNATIONAL. Jost Thöne, Stradivari expert and co-owner of VIOLIN ASSETS, offers input on this subject. The company makes high-quality historical and modern string instruments accessible as investments.
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