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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: April 7, 2014
UAE. More than two-thirds of organizations are investing in the wrong employees; Companies must reinvigorate high-potential programs to build and maintain strong talent pipelines.
Posted: April 7, 2014
UAE. Abu Dhabi ranks in global top 20 of most active cities for shopping centre development, completes 168,000 sq m of retail space in 2013, according to the latest research from CBRE.
Posted: April 7, 2014
KUWAIT. Substantial decline in corporate sukuk issuances; GCC issuers remained mostly absent from the market; Volume saw heavy involvement of the sovereign and government related entities issuers in the primary market.
Posted: April 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The World Food Price Index from the UN FAO, which tracks the price developments in 55 food items, rose by 2.3%to the highest level since last May.
Posted: April 7, 2014
QATAR. Implementation of large infrastructure projects and higher population continue to drive double-digit growth in the non-hydrocarbon sector; For 2013 as a whole, real GDP grew 6.5%, according QNB Group.
Posted: April 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Netanyahu will not deliver any of the necessary concessions because he is not committed to reaching a peace agreement based on two states for two peoples."
Posted: April 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Investors are stuck in 2013 - largely ignoring a strong rally in the gold sector and gross overvaluation of US stocks, says Peter Schiff.
Posted: April 3, 2014
UAE. Industry leaders speaking at a London Business School thought leadership forum say the UAE retail sector could see an e-commerce explosion within the next few years; Euromonitor and Goldman Sachs estimate that 19% of total apparel retail in the MENA region will be online by 2030.
Posted: April 2, 2014
KUWAIT. With a youthful, well-educated population, strong relationships with both neighbours and world powers, and a strategic location on the Gulf, major oil producer Kuwait should be as dynamic a hub for the region as Dubai or Doha.
Posted: April 2, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. It is no longer the higher cost of risk but the prospect of further compression in net interest margins--as rising rates loom in the U.S.--that's pushing banks to squeeze higher profits from their balance sheet.
Posted: April 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Things are stacking up against the EUR, even without mentioning the unsustainable debt/GDP ratios, the fragile banking system and external economic shocks.
Posted: April 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The greatest threat to Qatar's enormous wealth is competition as other nations are challenging its LNG dominance; Qatar faces diminished market share and the possibility of lower prices just as the country embarks on US$200 billion of infrastructure spending.
Posted: April 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. President Barack Obama made it clear that Washington has no intention of expanding NATO into either Ukraine or Georgia. The Russians have stated that they have no intention of any further military operations in Ukraine
Posted: April 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The US dollar may be set to start its long-awaited path to recovery this quarter as geopolitical concerns start to ease, while the Euro should finally start to show its vulnerability, according to FOREX.com Q2 2014 Market Outlook report.
Posted: March 31, 2014
UAE. This major change in UAE trade marks practice was announced by the UAE Trade Marks Office on 30 March, and it replaces the current practice of submitting the Power of Attorney within 60 days of the filing.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 19, 2014
UAE. Key sectors driving growth in the housing market are the tourism, hospitality, education and healthcare sectors, which is translating into robust population growth and demand.
date:Posted: April 17, 2014
KUWAIT. According to a newly released report by Kuwait Finance House Research, the global sukuk market saw a modest volume of US$31.14 billion in new sukuk issuances in 1Q2014. This volume represents a drop of 9.82% compared to US$34.53 billion worth of issuances in 1Q13.
date:Posted: April 16, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The WGC pointed out that the Chinese bank savings amount to US$7.5 trillion but only about US$300 billionn is allocated to gold, signifying the potential for gold demand to grow as Chinese wealth climbs.
INTERNATIONAL. It's now up to the new government to get real shale development in motion, and for Turkey to face up to its own strategic realities and join forces with Ukraine to harness LNG potential.
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