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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: December 9, 2017
UAE. 65% of MENA executives would actively pursue mergers and acquisitions in the next 12 months; 53% feel more optimistic about credit availability.
Posted: December 8, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. While these predictions do not constitute Saxo's official market forecasts for 2018, they represent a warning of a potential misallocation of risk among investors who typically see just a one percent likelihood to these events materialising; 2018 will be a true roller coaster ride compared to an outrageously placid 2017.
Posted: December 8, 2017
UAE. JLL's latest Global Cities Ranking highlights the city's growing global influence in the lead up to Expo 2020; Dubai ranks 27th out of the 300 cities surveyed.
Posted: December 7, 2017
UAE. AI and Machine Learning can work hand-in-hand on enterprise networks, learning the various nuances of the risks associated with cyber-attacks and respond adequately.
Posted: December 7, 2017
UAE. Ransomware is on every platform - don't assume your mobile and tablets are safe; Malware is hiding in Android Apps; Data breaches- they are not going away.
Posted: December 7, 2017
UAE. The risk of losing benefits-including bonuses-for failure to comply with GDPR policies is a real possibility for employees at one in four organizations worldwide according to a study from Veritas.
Posted: December 6, 2017
UAE. The Dubai Government is eager to collaborate with emerging sectors, such as FinTech, to put in place the necessary frameworks that will help cement the emirate's position as an epicentre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Posted: December 5, 2017
UAE. Digital security will become a basic human rights issue; AI will be heavily used to power emerging security technologies; We'll witness the rise of blockchain security technologies.
Posted: December 5, 2017
LEBANON. Byblos Bank, in cooperation with the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut, issued the results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index for Q3 2017.
Posted: December 4, 2017
UAE. McAfee forecasts developments in adversarial machine learning, ransomware, serverless apps, connected home privacy, and privacy of child-generated content.
Posted: December 4, 2017
UAE. Stable energy prices will underpin growth, with the price for Brent crude oil fluctuating in a tight range of US$50-60 per barrel; Regional political instability remains the main risk to MENA economies.
Posted: December 2, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. McKinsey's report on automation displacement reminds us that, although almost every occupation has partial automation potential, humans will remain an essential ingredient in the future workplace equation.
Posted: December 1, 2017
UAE. Over 93% of workforce think the UAE is more innovative than it was 5 years ago; But 60% of managers and half of junior staff think innovation is only a responsibility of senior executives.
Posted: November 29, 2017
UAE. Repeated onslaughts of cybersecurity attacks are driving businesses to relook at their security policies end-to-end, and to make them more future-ready for digital environments, explains Mechelle Buys Du Plessis, Managing Director - UAE, Dimension Data.
Posted: November 29, 2017
UAE. Seven out of ten consumers spend the same amount or more per meal compared to last year; Eight out of ten were influenced by deals when choosing a restaurant.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 15, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. AI will create 2.3 million jobs in 2020, while eliminating 1.8 million.
date:Posted: December 15, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. Nearly all (94%) device makers have invested in software development in the past five years; Nine in 10 (88%) believe the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving growth within the manufacturing industry; 84% have changed their business model to put software at its core in delivering services and generating revenue.
date:Posted: December 14, 2017
UAE. As the interconnection junction between network providers, cloud providers and the enterprise, Equinix has a unique perspective on IT trends and where things are headed.
UAE. Cisco's security research organization Talos says once this ransomware enters your system, it uses three ways to spread automatically around a network, one of which is the known Eternal Blue vulnerability.
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