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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 7, 2015
UAE. Low oil price and strengthening USD could be a game changer; Risk-reward balance is less tipped in USD's favour; Several "AAA" currencies could gain back lost ground.
Posted: May 7, 2015
UAE. Family offices tend to provide broadly two types of services: those centred on financial planning and investments; and those centred on the family and supporting its day to day needs.
Posted: May 6, 2015
UAE. JLL assembles and analyses the widest range of comparative studies on city performance to date; Report in partnership with The Business of Cities Group.
Posted: May 6, 2015
UAE. Emirates remains the most valuable brand, with a brand value of US$6.6 billion; The total value of Qatari brands is up 47% in a year, the fastest rate of growth; KSA has the most brands (17) together worth US$21.7 billion
Posted: May 6, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "It is simply Britain managing its own posture. As Europe weakens, the UK tilts closer to the US. As the US goes through its periodic inwardness, it tilts closer to Europe. It is not a matter of tilting one way or another, but a complex ballet where ideally no one is fully certain what the British [will do next]."
Posted: May 5, 2015
UAE. JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group has released its 2015 Middle East Hotel Intelligence Reports today for the key markets of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Jeddah and Riyadh, at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) in Dubai.
Posted: May 5, 2015
UAE. Inbound announced deal value increased from US$0.4 billion in Q1 2014 to US$2.6 billion in Q1 2015; Q1 2015 announced MENA M&A deal value increases by 9% to US$8.9 billion; 69% of MENA executives expect the deal market to remain stable in 2015.
Posted: May 4, 2015
UAE. Continued volatility seems to be the only certainty at the moment. Although it's hard to predict with any degree of certainty which way the charts will swing, the election polls remaining close does point towards investor sentiment weighing on the GBP.
Posted: May 3, 2015
UAE. According to a new The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, the world's ocean is worth US$24 trillion - over 15 times the asset size of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) combined.
Posted: May 1, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's government and external balance sheets currently remain strong and provide a buffer to withstand external shocks, including a drop in oil prices; The outlook remains negative, reflecting S&P's view that Saudi Arabia's general government fiscal position is weakening.
Posted: April 30, 2015
UAE. HSBC research shows traditional inheritance dying out as more working age people redistribute their savings during their lifetime and leave less for future generations; 92% of working age people provide regular financial support to family or friends.
Posted: April 29, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Gasoline stocks up 80,000 barrels; Refinery utilization, or run rate, up 0.5 percentage point.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. Management accountants are often involved in the formulation of business strategy, but not all businesses yet use the discipline to its full potential, finds report.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. EY launches Diversification Tracker, which benchmarks the GCC countries both globally and against each other; Study identifies transport, financial services, tourism, telecoms and R&D as the "sweet spot" where regional strengths, economic impact and nationals' employment preferences converge.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. Slow start to 2015 will be bolstered by deals anticipated for later in the year; Egyptian market sees three new listings; UAE remains most targeted GCC country, but Qatar overtakes the UAE to become the most active outbound investor in Q1 2015.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 25, 2015
UAE. there is potential for investor sentiment towards the Euro to be pulled down even further by the news that anti-austerity parties were declared victorious in several local elections in Spain.
date:Posted: May 25, 2015
JORDAN. Partnerships between public, private, and people sectors can help MENA region reduce world's highest youth unemployment rate.
date:Posted: May 22, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The minutes basically unofficially confirmed that there are only the slimmest of chances for a US interest rate increase next month.
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