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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: May 4, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The manager/directors of any company that is incorporated in Saudi Arabia should start to consider what changes may need to be made to the company's articles of association or bylaws.
Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Emerging and startup digital banking platform technologies key to success of digital initiatives; incumbent application vendors have been slow to respond to new requirements.
Posted: May 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Highest quarterly attack total since group took Mosul in June 2014; Al-Qaeda affiliates take a back seat five years after Bin Laden, but are still a significant threat.
Posted: May 3, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The slowdown is due to demand-supply mismatch and the country's overall macroeconomic scenario, according to JLL's latest report; The existing mismatch is expected to widen as more retail and office supply is expected to enter the market with the easing of backlog projects.
Posted: May 2, 2016
QATAR. The government intends to support the private sector in a comprehensive manner by allowing private sector insurance companies to provide healthcare insurance cover for everyone.
Posted: May 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In the grand scheme of geopolitics, over time the role of individuals is largely washed out - to be overly simplistic, the individuals rarely matter.
Posted: May 2, 2016
UAE. Average villa yields of 4.7% and apartments at 7.5% put affordable units at top of investor and tenant wish list; villa and apartment sales remain flat with prices down just 1.1% and 0.7% respectively, according to Chestertons MENA latest report.
Posted: May 2, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. PE firms exited 44 companies in 2015, compared to 39 in 2014 and 2013; Hold period exceeds six years as macroeconomic uncertainty increases; Financial services remains the most common sector for exits.
Posted: May 1, 2016
UAE. Unless we see a significant improvement in U.S. labor market data, such as 250K+ added jobs, average hourly earnings increasing by 0.5%, the dollar isn't likely to change course.
Posted: April 29, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. SAGIA announced in early 2016 their plan to focus on priority sectors identified as having a direct impact on economic and human development, including healthcare.
Posted: April 29, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The investment community is significantly more likely than CEOs to consider misaligned performance incentives as a barrier to change: almost half (49%) of investors surveyed in the report flagged this as a major concern compared to only 17% of chief executives.
Posted: April 28, 2016
UAE. 51% of all Dubai hotels in mid-market segment versus 89% in New York; PwC research released at ATM 2016 touts construction figure of US$80k per room as incentive for developers looking for solid returns in high demand segment.
Posted: April 27, 2016
UAE. Residential values drop 2.2% in Q1 2016; Strongest quarterly decrease in five years and the seventh consecutive quarterly decline, according to Cluttons.
Posted: April 27, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. Although this represents positive news, the key will be the materialization of infrastructure projects and utilizing white lands to reverse the recent slowdown.
Posted: April 27, 2016
UAE. The offerings use mobile technology to engage people of all ages, locally and globally, with the aim to positively impact Education, Health, Global Sustainability and Financial Literacy.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Connectivity will allow home care robots to interface with smart home ecosystems.
date:Posted: May 26, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In-app transactions improve customer experience and drive spending.
date:Posted: May 26, 2016
UAE. The 85% rally since Brent hit a 12-years low in Jan was supported by multiple factors, mainly oil disruption from major exporters and production cut back by U.S. shale.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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