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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: September 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Consumer spending also remained robust; Non-oil exports rebound owing to greater production of petrochemicals and plastics.
Posted: September 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Oil markets since 2011 have become less price sensitive to actual supply disruptions, especially to those geopolitical events that have taken place since the Arab Spring.
Posted: September 1, 2014
JORDAN. The market recorded an increase in profit after tax to JOD 13.7 million in 2013, stemming from improved returns on underwriting and investment activities. Partially assisting this recovery has been the bullish performance of the Amman stock exchange.
Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. Research note sees key role for Sukuks over next decade in securing funds for major projects in Dubai.
Posted: August 30, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "I believe that in the wake of the Gaza war and the basis on which the ceasefire was established, a new momentum for peace negotiations might have been created."
Posted: August 30, 2014
QATAR. Price increases may suggest a potential overheating of the real estate sector. Closer analysis, however, indicates that the increase is still within the fundamentals of Qatar's fast growing economy and rapid population growth.
Posted: August 29, 2014
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
Posted: August 28, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian index is the region's most diverse capital market due to its size and maturity; Jadwa Investment views the opening up of the Tadawul as an overall positive but believes a cautious and considered path to reform is the best way forward, much like the Chinese example.
Posted: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
Posted: August 28, 2014
UAE. The Saudi equity market index hits a 6 year high; Fed Chief Yellen's commentary at Jackson Hole summit seen as constructive; India in a sweet spot for emerging market debt investors.
Posted: August 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The second government shake-up in just five months rocked a country already battered by a jobless rate of more than 10%, high taxes and a budget deficit that stubbornly refuses to come down to the EU ceiling of 3% of GDP.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
Posted: August 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities have been generally flat on the week as a rise in industrial metals was offset by losses across other sectors such as metals and grains.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
Posted: August 23, 2014
QATAR. QNB report expects the ECB, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve to keep to record-low interest rates for an extended period of time. Qatar's policy rates are likely to follow suit.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The upcoming Scottish election, whichever way it goes, demonstrates the enormous power of the desire for national self-determination. If it can corrode the British union, it can corrode anything.
date:Posted: September 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sentiment towards Europe has picked up in the wake of recent monetary policy easing by the ECB; U.K. unpopularity deepens as Scottish independence vote looms.
date:Posted: September 15, 2014
UAE. In the rental market, Cluttons expects affordability to remain central to the rental value growth equation, with rises likely to slow further in the coming months; Residential values in Dubai rise by 3.8%; 19% growth in Abu Dhabi residential capital values over the same period.
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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