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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 14, 2017
UAE. The premium for freehold communities is synonymous with gated communities; where freehold buildings have come up in leasehold areas, rental and price rates have gone up.
Posted: June 13, 2017
UAE. The positions of different authorities is evolving and shipping companies do not yet have a complete picture on which to base their contingency planning, but they should all take care to distinguish between official and unofficial news.
Posted: June 13, 2017
UAE. Digital government imperatives of the UAE: 92% of Emirati respondents believe online government services have improved since 2014.
Posted: June 12, 2017
UAE. What the financial sector can learn from the Wcry fallout is the importance of investing in a sound risk management framework that involves technology change management as well as updated software.
Posted: June 8, 2017
UAE. Investors put major asset allocation decisions on hold amid uncertainty around interest rates and quantitative tightening; Commodity prices, US political change, Brexit and regional geopolitical situation create long-term unknowns.
Posted: June 7, 2017
UAE. Emerging markets consumers continue to drive luxury market growth; Multiple luxury goods companies double sales growth and lead profitability.
Posted: June 6, 2017
UAE. IoT cannot be an afterthought - organizations must proactively find ways to secure the network; Securing IoT is an inclusive process and must involve stakeholders from across the organization.
Posted: June 6, 2017
UAE. Investors tend to avoid businesses with owners that wish to retire, due to the perceived risk of losing goodwill.
Posted: June 5, 2017
QATAR. Qatar retained first place among the Arab countries and placed 30th on global level among 163 countries, according to a report issued by the London Institute for Economics and Peace in collaboration with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.
Posted: June 5, 2017
UAE. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan offer an attractive proposition to companies affected by the slowdown in oil & gas projects activity project in the GCC.
Posted: June 3, 2017
LEBANON. Political breakthrough, in the absence of concrete policy measures, insufficient to generate sustained demand, according to Byblos Bank Real Estate Demand Index.
Posted: June 2, 2017
UAE. A.M. Best briefing states that as implementation laws have yet to be passed, this has resulted in a debate as to whether the target date is achievable.
Posted: June 1, 2017
UAE. PwC issues first quarterly economic bulletin on the Middle East; Oil prices, new taxes and growing interest in public-private partnerships cited as dominant themes driving most Middle Eastern economies in 2017.
Posted: May 30, 2017
UAE. How important are Apps in everyday life? Global research from A10 Networks spotlights importance of Apps in daily life, potential behavioural risks to personal, corporate security.
Posted: May 30, 2017
UAE. Payment plans have progressively eased from 2013 (when more than 80% of launches had payment terms that were front ended) to 2016 when more than 55% of launches had back ended and post-handover payment plans.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: July 20, 2017
LEBANON: "The overall decline in the level of household sentiment in the second quarter of 2017 was due to consumers' widespread disappointment by the misplaced priorities of the government."
date:Posted: July 19, 2017
INTERNATIONAL. "Far from being a sign of intellectual inferiority, the capacity to err is crucial to human cognition." Ironically, if we want to 'get it right' we are going to have to get it wrong.
date:Posted: July 18, 2017
The findings also reveal that, while demand for cyber insurance is increasing, the majority of these losses are not currently insured, leaving an insurance gap of tens of billions of dollars.
UAE. Cisco's security research organization Talos says once this ransomware enters your system, it uses three ways to spread automatically around a network, one of which is the known Eternal Blue vulnerability.
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