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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: July 25, 2014
UAE. Royal Decree amending some of the provisions of the Oman Agencies Law comes into force; Marks a significant departure from the regime under the old law.
Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. There is evidence of a more litigious approach developing in the area of medical malpractice. Damages awards which have historically been low, are now on an upwards trend.
Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. Report data shows that 64% of TV viewers in Saudi Arabia and 50% in the UAE are engaged in other digital activities simultaneously, higher than the global average.
Posted: July 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The world is well aware of the concerns around terrorism and Nigeria's ongoing struggle with poverty. However the report finds that Nigeria has the potential to expand its economy by roughly 7.1% per year through 2030.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Emerging capital markets are expected to double their global index share by 2030, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute's "Emerging Capital Markets: The Road to 2030" report.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Colliers' Capital Flows Quarterly Report highlights Middle East investors' appetite for alternative product including hotels and serviced apartments.
Posted: July 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The opening of the Saudi stock market to international investors is "something we have been looking for from Saudi Arabia for some time, and it's welcome news.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. GCC equity markets bounce back strongly as profits surge; India boosts bank lending to long-term infrastructure projects; Major central banks remain accommodative; Watch US inflation data for clues to the future trajectory of interest rates.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. In preparation for the Law coming into effect in early September 2014, employers should now review who within the workforce is affected by the Law, what the duration of service will be and how the business is going to resource whilst the employee is away and ensure that the role remains open.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. HNW business owners in Asia, Africa and the Middle East are highly focused on growing their business, and personal wealth ambitions come second, finds a study by Standard Chartered Private Bank.
Posted: July 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Whether Putin is in real trouble is not something I can be certain of, but too many things have gone wrong for him lately for me not to consider the possibility. And as in any political crisis, more and more extreme options are contemplated if the situation deteriorates."
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE. If Saudi Arabia was to join the MSCI Frontier Markets, it would become its first component with a weighting above 60%.
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE This article provides an updated summary of the key employment law developments across the GCC; A new Government body known as the Manpower Authority is being created in Kuwait to take over certain functions of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE. Vigorous return of foreign IPOs on U.S. exchanges; 41 capital raising transactions bring in over US$9.1 billion, up from US$3.6 billion mid-2013; US$4.7 billion of DRs held in the Middle East and Africa by value, up 15.9%.
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE. The escalation of turmoil in the world is yet to play a role for the market, but be warned: everything economic has a delayed reaction of nine to twelve month. If the present state of alertness continues through the summer you can bet on higher energy prices having a serious impact.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 25, 2014
UAE. Royal Decree amending some of the provisions of the Oman Agencies Law comes into force; Marks a significant departure from the regime under the old law.
date:Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. There is evidence of a more litigious approach developing in the area of medical malpractice. Damages awards which have historically been low, are now on an upwards trend.
date:Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. Report data shows that 64% of TV viewers in Saudi Arabia and 50% in the UAE are engaged in other digital activities simultaneously, higher than the global average.
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional proxies to nail down a Gaza ceasefire as the civilian death toll soared, threatening to spread Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed to the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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