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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: August 10, 2016
UAE. Current market valuation of cyber incident impact is grossly underestimated; The ability to quantify intangible damages is especially important in anticipating business impact; This is particularly important in the Middle East, which is viewed as being on "High-Alert".
Posted: August 10, 2016
UAE. If the region is to establish itself as an international manufacturing hub, more manufacturers need to make better use of the latest technology available to them.
Posted: August 10, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 54% of the working age population in MENA is unemployed with little prospect of any positive immediate change; A shift in focus towards giving young people employability skills is required.
Posted: August 9, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Creativity as an engineer is no longer an oxymoron, but the new secret ingredient to keeping engineers where we as a society need them...finding the future for us all.
Posted: August 9, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Sterling slipped below 1.3 for the first time since July 12 following comments from BoE's Ian McCafferty that more easing is likely to be required if economic conditions deteriorated.
Posted: August 9, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The challenging macroeconomic environment, recent terrorist attacks, growing cyber threats and global political uncertainties are leading to a surge in demand for political risk and crisis management protection.
Posted: August 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Wealth-X Billionaire Census reveals record global billionaire population; Asia leads all regions in growth of both billionaire population and wealth at 15.2% and 19.6% respectively.
Posted: August 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Adam Woodhouse, director in KPMG's CIO advisory practice, comments on the consequences of the Brexit vote for CIOs and what they should be doing next.
Posted: August 8, 2016
UAE. The limited stock of affordable options in Dubai has caused for the neighbouring emirates to act like satellite cities. Around 1.1 million people who work in Dubai are residents of another emirate (30% of the active population), as they try to take advantage of the cheaper rates.
Posted: August 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Andrew Sentence, senior economic adviser at PwC, comments on the latest BoE bank rate cut; "A token gesture which is unlikely to help the economy much in the current situation".
Posted: August 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Central bank made history by cutting interest rates to a new record-low at 0.25%; The MPC also announced an expansion to QE and the introduction of purchasing corporate bonds.
Posted: August 5, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The facts on the ground remind us of the Vietnam War, except that the war in Afghanistan is even more complicated and becoming increasingly intractable.
Posted: August 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Analytics hub addresses key commercial challenges across the sector through a single integrated platform; Predicts consumer choice to inform key decisions; Combines deep sector insights with the scale and security of the Microsoft Cloud.
Posted: August 4, 2016
LEBANON. 78% of the surveyed Lebanese considered that their personal financial situation is "worse off" than it was six months earlier, while 17.6% stated that their financial situation remained the same and only 4.4% said it was "better off".
Posted: August 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Possibly a transitional EEA-style relationship (that mirrors the EEA in almost every aspect) pending a tailored, bilateral FTA agreement being thrashed out.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 26, 2016
UAE. Deloitte report highlights the alternative forms of funding available to deliver the required infrastructure across Middle East airports and to counteract the potential reduction in the ability to raise necessary finance.
date:Posted: August 25, 2016
UAE. More security incidents involving Industrial Control Systems (ICS) operators occurred in 2015 and already in 2016 than any previous year; New targets and tactics likely to emerge as publicly available tools lower barrier to entry; Report offers solutions to combat these emerging threats.
date:Posted: August 25, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Asia-Pacific nearly doubles 2015 fintech financing in first half of 2016 reaching almost $10 billion as of July 31; growth driven by China.
UAE. Deloitte report highlights the alternative forms of funding available to deliver the required infrastructure across Middle East airports and to counteract the potential reduction in the ability to raise necessary finance.
INTERNATIONAL. As smart devices are becoming autonomous, chief information security officers are being required to adopt new mechanisms and approaches to trust.
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