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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: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Participants in the global oil market are eagerly awaiting the Opec meeting on November 27, which could potentially set the tone and the direction of oil prices.
Posted: November 25, 2014
UAE. Basel III requirements will act as a catalyst to upgrade capabilities and improve risk-return profile of Middle East banks; The new regulations will force regional banks to take a closer look at their capital allocation and deploy their capital more strategically.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Qatar and UAE share equal first place globally, with Saudi Arabia in third position; Overall tax cost and compliance burden lower for businesses around the world.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Low interest rates, evolving investment strategies and a growing appetite for alternative asset classes causing shift in SWF investment strategies; Regional SWFs are viewing the West with caution and have redirected a portion of their funds back into the Middle East.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. The gap between low market expectations and actual investment potential in the resources sector has reached very attractive levels; Resource equity returns are now increasingly driven by improved capital allocation and restructuring within companies, making stock selection ever more key.
Posted: November 24, 2014
UAE. Q3 MENA M&A deal activity up by 17% while deal value dips 47%; More than half of the MENA respondents expect their company to pursue an acquisition over the next 12 months, according to the latest EY Capital Confidence Barometer.
Posted: November 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. An underlying growth in global supply capacity, which is significantly outstripping demand, may mean that the world has now passed the peak price for oil, a new report commissioned by Gaffney, Cline and Associates (GCA) suggests.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The path to the acceptance of the participatory approach to development was forged, through trial and error, over several decades until the 1990s, when its global recognition by development practitioners became well-established.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
Posted: November 20, 2014
UAE. When drafting dispute resolution clauses, it is common for parties to fail to specify the law that should be used to determine the validity of the arbitration clause itself.
Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. McKinsey Global Institute research paper puts the global cost of obesity, at around US$2 trillion or 2.8% of world economic output, about the same as smoking or armed conflict.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
UAE. An advisory body to the UAE government has suggested that the central bank review the country's currency peg to the U.S. dollar, but local bankers said any change to the peg remained very unlikely for the foreseeable future.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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