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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: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Sterling was flung onto a fierce rollercoaster; Heightened expectations of a potential rate cut mixed with ongoing Brexit woes should continue to weigh heavily on the currency.
Posted: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. First-quarter global fintech investment grew 67% to US$5.3 billion; 62% of investments went to ventures in Europe and Asia.
Posted: April 14, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Despite the impact of low oil prices and civil unrest on many countries in the Middle East, a number of economies have a favourable long-term growth outlook, including the UAE, Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
Posted: April 13, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The downward revision of Fitch's oil price assumptions for 2016 and 2017 to US$35/b and US$45/b, respectively, has major negative implications for Saudi Arabia's fiscal and external balances.
Posted: April 13, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Open Europe sets out recommendations it believes are required in the event of Brexit in order to offset the costs and maximise economic benefits.
Posted: April 13, 2016
UAE. Findings From Eighth Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey Released; Lack of jobs and opportunities seen as the number-one recruitment driver for ISIS; Five years after fighting for political freedom during the Arab Spring, today most young Arabs prioritise stability over democracy.
Posted: April 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Paranoia appears to be on the upswing in China once again as President Xi Jinping attempts to force painful structural reforms past resentful provincial and local governments.
Posted: April 12, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 70% have worked outside the family business to gain experience; More than half worry they will need to spend time managing family politics.
Posted: April 12, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. PwC held a workshop in Saudi Arabia to update businesses in the GCC on the latest VAT developments and implications related to its introduction.
Posted: April 11, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. A wave of jitters dispersed across the global markets following the static China CPI of 2.3% which rekindled concerns over a slowdown in economic momentum in the world's second-largest economy.
Posted: April 11, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Over the last three years, Malaysian operators have generated superior margins on their family takaful portfolio compared with Middle Eastern operators.
Posted: April 11, 2016
UAE. The price premium associated with a "view" has been one of a subjective assessment in Dubai, however there are decades of research that exist in the global markets that quantify the effect of a "view" on real estate assets.
Posted: April 10, 2016
UAE. Frost & Sullivan: Market expected to grow at CAGR of 5.7% between 2015-2020; Structural changes due to economic diversification, harmonisation of regional trade and customs regulations, and expansion of logistics infrastructure.
Posted: April 10, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Oil markets desperately seeking focus; Commodities unmoved by wild forex swings; Energy sector the top gainer of the week; Negative interest rates are good news for gold.
Posted: April 9, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. A key deciding factor for further increases to come may be Dollar weakness, which could trigger another sharp move towards US$1250 and potentially higher.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Emerging and startup digital banking platform technologies key to success of digital initiatives; incumbent application vendors have been slow to respond to new requirements.
date:Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Highest quarterly attack total since group took Mosul in June 2014; Al-Qaeda affiliates take a back seat five years after Bin Laden, but are still a significant threat.
date:Posted: May 3, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The slowdown is due to demand-supply mismatch and the country's overall macroeconomic scenario, according to JLL's latest report; The existing mismatch is expected to widen as more retail and office supply is expected to enter the market with the easing of backlog projects.
INTERNATIONAL. Emerging and startup digital banking platform technologies key to success of digital initiatives; incumbent application vendors have been slow to respond to new requirements.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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