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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: September 8, 2016
UAE. Despite popular fears which range from job losses to doomsday scenarios, finance professionals welcome the rise of artificial intelligence, automation and robots, according to the latest study by CIMA.
Posted: September 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. London beats all other cities in terms of its economic clout, intellectual capital and innovation; Brexit will bring challenges and opportunities but London remains agile and resilient.
Posted: September 8, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. New research from the SWIFT Institute assesses whether the global financial community is accepting Bitcoin as a valid currency.
Posted: September 8, 2016
UAE.The difficulty to secure finance is the greatest deterrent to potential property buyers in Dubai, as one in four people are being hindered by the current regulations and 71% believe these should be relaxed.
Posted: September 7, 2016
UAE. Dubai sales market forecasted to bottom out by end 2016; 3% drop in rental rates recorded from Jan-June with 2% average decrease in apartment sales prices; trend towards affordable development persists with increase in single-unit buyers expected in 2017.
Posted: September 7, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. The access that London has to European money is based on proximity and historic relationships, not on being part of the EU; Even in insurance it is hard to see a rapid shift away.
Posted: September 7, 2016
SAUDI ARABIA. The rise in the Emirates NBD Saudi Arabia PMI is encouraging, although the average PMI so far this year is still below 2015, indicating a slower rate of private sector growth.
Posted: September 6, 2016
EGYPT. Figures underscore the urgency to initiate a wide-ranging economic reform program; ongoing need to move to a more flexible exchange rate system to achieve a market-clearing rate for the EGP.
Posted: September 6, 2016
UAE. Emirates NBD UAE PMI signals robust improvement in business conditions; Marked expansions of output and new orders; Input buying rises at fastest rate since November 2015.
Posted: September 6, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. UK tax payers with offshore holdings could soon be subject to new legal obligations, with heavy penalties if they fail to comply, warns KPMG.
Posted: September 6, 2016
UAE. As the local economy continues to adjust to softening global conditions, overall residential values and rents in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are set for a further decline for the remainder of 2016.
Posted: September 5, 2016
UAE. The impact of the softening global economy continues to hamper the UAE's office market as redundancies have stifled demand, according to Cluttons.
Posted: September 5, 2016
UAE. Two out of three people in the UAE eat dinner out every weekend; Five out of six consumers are eating out as much or more compared to last year; Nearly two-thirds of consumer are spending more.
Posted: September 4, 2016
UAE. Research by JLL suggests a total of more than 1,100 additional schools will be required across five cities by 2020, with around 350 schools catering for the growing demand for private education.
Posted: September 3, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Ratings reflect Qatar's large sovereign assets, its fiscal adjustment efforts, a large hydrocarbon endowment and one of the world's highest ratios of GDP per capita.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 30, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Survey of 4,000 reveals extent of UK mobile owners' obsession with their devices; For the first time, the majority of mobile phone connections are over 4G.
date:Posted: September 30, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. 72% of UK CEOs voted to remain but also agree that loss of trust in big business was a factor in the EU referendum result, reveals KPMG.
date:Posted: September 29, 2016
UAE. Deloitte introduces first-of-its-kind Apple practice to help businesses change the way they work across their entire enterprise by designing and implementing iPhone and iPad solutions.
INTERNATIONAL. Jost Thöne, Stradivari expert and co-owner of VIOLIN ASSETS, offers input on this subject. The company makes high-quality historical and modern string instruments accessible as investments.
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