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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: June 18, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. The popularity of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications is growing across Saudi organizations, especially with the increasing number of offerings emerging from systems integrators and telcos, according to ICT consulting firm IDC.
Posted: June 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. 2015 Global Peace Index Reveals an Increasingly Divided World; The Middle East is spiralling into deepening violence; Peacefulness in Europe reaches an historic high.
Posted: June 17, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Proportion of investors buying protection against equity sell-off reaches survey high; Cash levels rise to 4.9% of portfolios, up from 4.5% in May; proportion of investors overweight equities falls to net 38% from 47%.
Posted: June 16, 2015
UAE. According to a new BCG report, over the next five years, private wealth in the UAE is projected to post a compound annual growth rate of 10.7% to reach an estimated US$1 trillion in 2019; the study also revealed that, in the UAE, private financial wealth grew by 8.4% in 2014.
Posted: June 16, 2015
UAE. Only 52% of MENA respondents stated they had an ABAC policy and code of conduct in place, according to EY's 2015 EMEIA Fraud Survey; Pressure on businesses to grow revenues, together with market uncertainty and geopolitical instability, is creating increased risk in expansion opportunities.
Posted: June 16, 2015
UAE. 46% of UAE residents hope to retire before the age of 60, while 39% expect to be in retirement for at least 20 years; 63% are not confident they are saving enough for retirement.
Posted: June 16, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Output climbed above 31 million b/d, highest since late 2012; Saudi Arabia led the upward charge with a 150,000 b/d-increase to 10.25 million b/ .
Posted: June 15, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "The latest UK inflation reading is scheduled for release on Tuesday and I expect the market reaction towards the data to be pivotal in deciding which direction the Pound/Dollar continues to trade throughout the month of June."
Posted: June 15, 2015
UAE. Gulf Intelligence Research releases findings from survey with 150 female oil and gas industry executives in the Gulf region; "Technology will play a vital role in accelerating a gender balance."
Posted: June 15, 2015
UAE. Governments, employers and academic institutions in the MENA region all have a role to play to address labour market inefficiencies, develop national talent, and ultimately drive long-term sustainability into the 21st century and beyond.
Posted: June 15, 2015
UAE. The report indicated that the readiness to address these challenges is decreasing, raising the question of whether leaders are doing enough to prepare their organizations to respond to today's most pressing business and human capital needs.
Posted: June 13, 2015
BAHRAIN. Ratings agency expects Bahrain will implement fiscal consolidation measures in 2015 and into 2016; The outlook is still negative, reflecting S&P's view of Bahrain's weakening fiscal profile and ongoing uncertainties around the extent and implementation of a sustainable response from the government
Posted: June 12, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Ipsos Affluent Survey tracks 20 years of change among Europe's most affluent consumers; The time spent with digital devices has increased, however, despite popular opinion to the contrary, time spent consuming off-line media has not declined.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. Of the three key sub-sectors monitored by the latest Emirates NBD Dubai Economy Tracker report, construction was the best performing in terms of output and employment growth, largely reflecting a sharp and accelerated increase in new development projects.
Posted: June 10, 2015
UAE. Middle East sovereigns placed the highest importance on investment objectives - with the highest average target returns and the longest average time horizons; Increasing demand for emerging market infrastructure investment opportunities - proving to be a catalyst for sovereign collaboration.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 2, 2015
UAE. AQR Asset Management Institute hosts inaugural debate on monetary policy impact on global markets; 64% of delegates felt that Quantitative Easing is highly likely to create an asset price bubble - where prices become disconnected from reality.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
UAE. 53% of employers rank lack of work experience as affecting nationals' employability, with only 30% of GCC students having taken any work experience; According to employers, communication skills (36%) and required skills and qualifications (22%) are further challenges to retention in the private sector.
date:Posted: July 1, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Many Chinese business become successful innovators in the domestic market first and then go global, while others expand globally first and then invest in innovation.
UAE. AQR Asset Management Institute hosts inaugural debate on monetary policy impact on global markets; 64% of delegates felt that Quantitative Easing is highly likely to create an asset price bubble - where prices become disconnected from reality.
UAE. The Middle East has a unique set of challenges and opportunities with regard to creating large, mixed-use developments; In this interview, Louise Adams, Aurecon's former Country Manager UAE, describes the importance of investing in master planning and some of the current opportunities and trends within this region.
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