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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 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL.The global economy may not be in a stellar growth mode, but there is every sign that a recalibrated engine is shifting into a higher gear. Even Russia, albeit with the potential for disaster from the Ukraine crisis, could make a significant contribution.
Posted: April 9, 2014
UAE. US investors turn cautious ahead of the Q1 reporting season; GCC equity and bond markets continue to be well-bid; European bond markets tighten on ECB QE expectation.
Posted: April 9, 2014
UAE. Liquidity in MENA markets is on an upward trend, with 2014 YTD average daily trading volume for UAE at US$700 million+, a 10-year high, and Qatar at US$185 million, near its 2008 peak. Companies have also begun to look favorably at foreign ownership.
Posted: April 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Pick up in advanced economies but global recovery still uneven and subpar; Risks include low inflation, potential capital flow reversals, and geopolitical uncertainties
Posted: April 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A whirlwind first quarter for commodities is unlikely to be repeated in Q2 as a perfect cocktail of ingredients will inevitably fade; Gold has been one of the big surprises so far this year as it first found support from strong physical demand and then from geopolitical factors.
Posted: April 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Flows into ETFs and ETPs listed globally rebounded in March gathering net inflows of US$11.0 billion, according to ETFGI.
Posted: April 8, 2014
UAE. A recent study by The Boston Consulting Group shows that Middle East banking revenues increased by 10.7% in 2013, whilst profits were up by 10.3%; At an aggregate level, provisions for bad loans grew slightly again, by 2.5%.
Posted: April 7, 2014
UAE. Arab Youth Survey results show third consecutive year of top rankings for UAE, with favourably increasing year-on-year; Emirati youth most likely of respondents from 16 nations to state that their country is "heading in the right direction."
Posted: April 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Europe faces its biggest electoral challenge in May and if Brussels listens to voters, it could mark a decisive turning point for the failing EU experiment. But there are fears that the opportunity will slip through its hands.
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."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: April 23, 2014
UAE. Managing an internationally mobile workforce can be challenging, particularly as home country and host country laws can be vastly different; Legal compliance with local laws may mean that it is not possible to impose global policies on the workforce.
date:Posted: April 22, 2014
UAE. "Adapt to Survive", a global study by PwC, commissioned by LinkedIn, reveals the economic impact of not having the right people in the right jobs.
date:Posted: April 22, 2014
KUWAIT. For much of the past decade, international companies operating in the major projects sector have found Kuwait a challenging market in which to do business. However, there are good reasons to believe this year will be different.
UAE. Managing an internationally mobile workforce can be challenging, particularly as home country and host country laws can be vastly different; Legal compliance with local laws may mean that it is not possible to impose global policies on the workforce.
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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