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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 10, 2014
QATAR. QNB assessment is based on fiscal breakeven prices (the oil prices at which the government budget would be in balance), which is estimated to be well below current oil prices.
Posted: November 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SME financing challenges present an opportunity for PE players; understanding the business culture is critical; Favorable demographics and non-oil government support are key drivers for PE funds into KSA, reveals Alkhabeer Capital research report.
Posted: November 9, 2014
UAE. The lower oil price could slow economic growth for the GCC; Lower government revenues may also result in increased government efforts to tackle energy subsidy reform.
Posted: November 6, 2014
QATAR. Directors' and Officers' liability insurance has been around for several decades now but has not always attracted the interest of local buyers in the Middle East in comparison with other parts of the world. We are however seeing a shift in the previous trend
Posted: November 6, 2014
UAE. Over half say the process was not easy; Self-funding still the most popular finance option, according to a new SME survey from Souqalmal.com Business (Infographic).
Posted: November 6, 2014
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.
Posted: November 6, 2014
UAE. The study ranks the best companies for leadership around the globe and examines how those companies build and accelerate the development of great leaders; For the second consecutive year, Procter & Gamble topped the list, followed by General Electric, Coca-Cola and IBM.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. From 31 October, employers with over 1000 employees will need to ensure that their workforce is provided with health insurance in compliance with the requirements of the regime.
Posted: November 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Dubai's economy has been buoyed by the recovery of the real estate market and Expo 2020, which will help infrastructure spending and attract monetary and human capital.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. New payments solutions, such as the UAE mobile wallet, are filtering up from retail to commercial and corporate banking, according to a new report from BNY Mellon.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. "The third quarter witnessed the largest IPO of 2014 to date; Emaar Malls Group raised US$1.6 billion, potentially signaling a shift in the regional business perception of local markets."
Posted: November 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The crisis is having an uneven effect on EU member states because the eurozone locks countries with different levels of economic development into the same currency union.
Posted: November 4, 2014
QATAR. "The sports sector has witnessed substantial growth in the region, and is progressively becoming a major driver for economic development and investment in infrastructure in the GCC, as well as being leveraged for branding of nations."
Posted: November 4, 2014
UAE. JLL releases ninth Annual MENA Real Estate Investor Sentiment Survey; Investors moving up the risk curve; Emerging interest in North American real estate amongst Middle Eastern investors.
Posted: November 3, 2014
UAE. Evidence suggests that an affordability gap exists in the current Dubai housing market; Segment critical to the sustainable growth of the industry and wider economy, according to a report by Colliers International.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date: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.
date: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.
date: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.
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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