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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, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The decision not to cut production led many observers to conclude that OPEC has largely lost the ability to upwardly influence prices. But this determination ignores the wider geopolitical considerations that may be convincing Saudi Arabia to be perfectly content, for now, with lower prices.
Posted: December 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities have fallen to a five-year low, leaving producers of most raw materials with little to cheer about during the past month.
Posted: December 4, 2014
BAHRAIN. Thomson Reuters announces 2015 findings of Annual Sukuk Perceptions and Forecast Report at WIBC 2014; Survey of 44 lead arrangers and 106 investors reveal most expect a boost in sukuk issuance in 2015, to be between US$150 billion and US$174.9 billion.
Posted: December 3, 2014
UAE. 60% of UAE online shoppers purchasing from overseas websites, and over a third (36%) of online adults anticipating they will begin to or increase their online cross-border shopping in the next 12 months.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. Falling oil prices will pose significant challenges to GCC markets, according to a new report by ICAEW. The latest Economic Insight report warns the impact of continued oil price weakness could put considerable pressure on GCC economies and affect real GDP growth, unless they step up diversification efforts.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. Islamic banking assets in six core markets - Qatar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and Turkey - on course to hit US$1.8 rilliont by 2019; Analysis of sentiment on social media shows that customer satisfaction with Islamic banks is mediocre.
Posted: December 2, 2014
KUWAIT. IPO fund raised USD9.6bn in 2014 vs. USD12.4bn in 2008, after averaging USD1.8bn during 2009-13; Decline in oil prices may hinder the growth in IPO market.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. The research forms part of a pioneering forthcoming study focusing on the changing values in the UAE- the first of its kind in the region to investigate how national identity is being shaped and influenced by economic affluence and globalisation.
Posted: December 1, 2014
UAE. Research by ValuStrat Consulting reveals that retail space in premium malls in Dubai has now reached an average rental rate AED6,000 (US$1,635) per sq-m per annum; Waiting lists for space in The Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates, with demand presently outstripping supply.
Posted: December 1, 2014
UAE. Youth unemployment is rising to new levels in the Middle East and according to the latest Nielsen survey, as much as 38 per cent of the people in the UAE fear for their job security in the months ahead.
Posted: November 29, 2014
UAE. At this juncture, the most exposed countries are Russia and Ukraine, followed by other commodity producers like Brazil and South Africa, according to QNB report.
Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Participants in the global oil market are eagerly awaiting the Opec meeting on November 27, which could potentially set the tone and the direction of oil prices.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 19, 2014
UAE. As a gateway of opportunity for Asia, Dubai has a key role in driving growth momentum; Between 2010 and 2013, GCC-China trade grew faster than with any other significant trade partner.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A new analysis presents the key trends that will transform the global market over the next decade and beyond.
date:Posted: December 18, 2014
UAE. International tourism and a stronger middle class are shaping luxury trends, including luxury experiences and alternative luxury channels, with a focus on the consumer rather than geography.
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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