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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: October 23, 2014
UAE. Deflationary reading of data endangers risky assets; Global cues drive GCC markets; Growth scare unsettles investors; Extreme bearishness on oil may be overdone.
Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. 47% of Middle Eastern respondents indicated that they are considering a proactive shareholder engagement policy which can open and sustain a productive dialogue with investors.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. HSBC global expat survey highlights job prospects, better salaries, higher personal security as primary factors attracting expats to the country.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. The total number of IPOs in Q3 2014 was lower than the previous quarter where we saw seven offerings. However, the total value in Q3 2014 was US$ 1.6 billion, which is a 78% increase in total value compared to Q2 2014.
Posted: October 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The problem with an export-based economy is that the exporter is the hostage of its customers. Germany's and China's well-being depend not only on how they manage their economies, but on how their customers manage their own economies.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. Middle East investment banking fees reached US$138.2 million during Q3 2014; debt issuance reached US$6.3 billion; The UAE was the most active nation accounting for 45% of the debt issuance activity.
Posted: October 21, 2014
UAE. CIOs are faced with balancing the needs of workers to be more mobile and have more choice with the needs of the enterprise to protect its data regardless of the delivery channel.
Posted: October 21, 2014
UAE. End-unit prices have surpassed their peak of 2008, however land prices are still at 50% of their peak levels.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. "The proposed Amanat IPO is strong evidence of continuing interest in regional and international interest in IPOs in the UAE and the GCC more widely, despite the recent softening in equity markets globally."
Posted: October 20, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Food and rental inflation accelerate; Jadwa revises its estimates for average annual inflation to 2.8% for 2014, slightly down from 2.9%.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. The strengthening economic fundamentals, the amelioration in the risk profile of major regional countries, the governmental implementation of key business-friendly reforms are all stimulating factors for deal generation activity, according to a Bureau van Dijk and MENA Research Partners report.
Posted: October 20, 2014
UAE. Up 400,000 barrels per day from August and the highest level since December 2013, led by Libyan output recovery; Higher volumes from Iraq also drove the increase; "It's numbers like this that are contributing to the enormous slide in oil prices."
Posted: October 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities reached a new five-year low last week as weakness in energy and industrial metals offset gains in precious metals and agriculture.
Posted: October 20, 2014
QATAR. Deflation is defined as a generalized decline in prices; The risk of such a scenario occurring is rising as crude oil prices tumble and major equity markets witness a significant correction.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 23, 2014
UAE. Deflationary reading of data endangers risky assets; Global cues drive GCC markets; Growth scare unsettles investors; Extreme bearishness on oil may be overdone.
date:Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.
date:Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. 47% of Middle Eastern respondents indicated that they are considering a proactive shareholder engagement policy which can open and sustain a productive dialogue with investors.
INTERNATIONAL. Bitcoin has followed a volatile path to growing acceptance since its creation in 2009; In this interview finance expert Arturo Bris analyses the risks associated with bitcoin.
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