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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: October 7, 2014
UAE. Third quarter Abu Dhabi Real Estate Market Overview report, provides JLL's perspective on the latest trends in the office, residential, retail and hotel sectors in the market; Prime office rents have started to rise; growth in residential sale prices continues.
Posted: October 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The adversity created by the current rise in the dollar looks set to be theme that will stay with us for the foreseeable future as analysts expect the greenback's ascent to continue.
Posted: October 5, 2014
QATAR. Rapid growth in the non-hydrocarbon sector (11.3%) was spurred by large investments in major infrastructure projects and by the fast growing population; The hydrocarbon sector declined 2.2% as a result of lower crude oil production and temporary gas production shutdowns.
Posted: October 4, 2014
UAE. The exceptional strength of Abu Dhabi's net asset positions also provides a buffer to counter the negative impact of oil price volatility on economic growth and government revenues, as well as on the external account; The outlook is stable.
Posted: October 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "We don't expect it to be particularly liquid, but this is seen more as a token issue to show support for the Islamic market, hopefully local corporates will follow the lead."
Posted: October 2, 2014
UAE. "If the GCC is to maintain long-term sustainable growth, it will be very important to invest in education, increase productivity, and attract more foreign direct investment into high value industries, and step up more diverse export industries that are not dependent on commodities."
Posted: October 1, 2014
UAE. The UAE took part last week in U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State; Gulf Arabs regard Islamist groups as an existential challenge to their thriving economies and monarchies.
Posted: October 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Constitutional Court will keep challenging EU attempts at federalization and the Bundesbank will keep criticizing every measure that would reduce German sovereignty.
Posted: October 1, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The combination of accelerating US supply, weaker than expected global demand, stabilization in geopolitics, and an appreciation of the dollar, led to oil prices dropping to an average of US$102 per barrel, according to the latest Jadwa Investment Global Oil Market Update.
Posted: September 30, 2014
IRAQ. The UN estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40% of Iraq's annual production of wheat, one of the country's most important food staples alongside barley and rice.
Posted: September 30, 2014
UAE. Bayt.com survey reveals that 78% consider meetings to be great for decision-making; Meetings in MENA workplaces often have agendas distributed in advance, according to 80% of respondents, and tend to start on scheduled time (according to 88%).
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. Country assessment ranked at A3 by Coface; 5% growth projected for 2014; Business climate favourable with the new companies' law improving transparency; Debt profile improves, financing needs of GREs continue.
Posted: September 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Stock market weakness, falling bond yields and the strong dollar, were some of the overall drivers, with geopolitical worries holding steady on the horizon.
Posted: September 29, 2014
UAE. PMI data indicates that MENA has still the same leaders, and same laggards, according to the latest Crédit Agricole report; UAE August 2014 PMI set a new record at 58.4; Saudi Arabia headline PMI in August hit its highest level in over 3 years.
Posted: September 28, 2014
KUWAIT. August oil production was 2.89mln bpd; Tenders to build Kuwait's Al Zour refinery have been extended after delays and political opposition.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 23, 2014
UAE. Deflationary reading of data endangers risky assets; Global cues drive GCC markets; Growth scare unsettles investors; Extreme bearishness on oil may be overdone.
date:Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.
date:Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. 47% of Middle Eastern respondents indicated that they are considering a proactive shareholder engagement policy which can open and sustain a productive dialogue with investors.
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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