Reports & Commentaries

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: November 28, 2016
UAE. An analysis of the 'ready' and 'off-plan' transactional activity in Dubai real estate market reveals that both markets account for equal weightages in the number of overall transactions.
Posted: November 27, 2016
UAE. To achieve a sustainable advantage companies in the region must focus on strengthening their operational, commercial and innovation prowess.
Posted: November 25, 2016
KUWAIT. Speaking at the Public Speakers Series by the Kuwait Public Policy Center, Erik R. Peterson encouraged GCC countries to actively pursue their transformation programs taking into consideration the new political situation in the U.S.
Posted: November 24, 2016
UAE. The issue tackles several hot topics: from disruptive innovation in Islamic Finance and medical tourism in the UAE to maximizing value in a family business, and nationalization of the Saudi workforce.
Posted: November 24, 2016
UAE. Management consultancy firm highlights macro trends that are causing a ripple effect on the global political, economic and technological landscape; There are several implications that are highly relevant for decision-makers in the MENA region.
Posted: November 23, 2016
UAE. Qatar and the UAE currently share equal first place globally as the easiest countries to pay taxes; For the first time this year, report also looks at post-filing processes for value-added tax (VAT) and corporate income tax (CIT) returns.
Posted: November 23, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Many resources that are critical for life are taken for granted with little regard as to how the water came to be in the tap or how the power got to the bulb. They are regarded as an entitlement.
Posted: November 23, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. In the current climate, the pressure to "balance free speech and diversity" has invariably led to the notion that the former must give way to the latter.
Posted: November 23, 2016
UAE. According to EY's GCC Wealth and Asset Management Report 2016, the larger local banks in the GCC are approaching saturation in their home market and are starting to venture out; Dubai in particular has emerged as an attractive hub for Africa, as Europe did for the GCC region some years ago.
Posted: November 22, 2016
UAE. MENA recorded 74 deals amounting to US$5b; GCC witnessed 57 deals in Q3 with a total value of US$4.6b; 16 SWF/PE deals were announced in Q3; 21% of MENA executives expect their company to pursue a merger or acquisition in the next year, according to EY's Capital Confidence Barometer.
Posted: November 22, 2016
UAE. A closer examination of price trends reveals that from its apartment peak, prices are still down 13%, whereas city-wide villas are down 11%. However, if you measure price change from its lows, we can witness an uptick in apartment price action by 1.3% and villas by 1.6%.
Posted: November 22, 2016
MOROCCO. Climate change will be the world's biggest challenge over the next decade, according to a global survey of young people carried out by Masdar.
Posted: November 21, 2016
UAE. Oliver Wyman's new report highlights the opportunities and challenges facing GCC countries trying to privatise state owned enterprises; "While often viewed purely in fiscal terms, privatisation can also provide important economic and social improvements."
Posted: November 21, 2016
UAE. Against a backdrop of low oil prices and the threat from serious conflicts within and outside the Middle East, the biggest test now for any CEO is how to motivate and enthuse their staff.
Posted: November 19, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Hedge fund managers and investors alike see changing investor preferences as a risk to the hedge fund industry; Innovation is serving as a differentiator; nearly 50% of managers utilize next generational data and/or artificial intelligence as part of their investment program.


date:Posted: December 30, 2016
UAE. Booz Allen Hamilton forecasts energy trends in 2017; In the oil and gas industry, as well as in electric power, major internal and external forces are driving change, requiring industry leaders to revisit strategies.
date:Posted: December 21, 2016
UAE. PwC Middle East releases report on the Middle East's shopping habits; Online retail, rise of millennial shoppers and social media are disrupting the face of Middle Eastern retail.
date:Posted: December 20, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Fjord Trends 2017 takes a provocative look at the digital developments to watch in the year ahead, according to Fjord, design and innovation from Accenture Interactive.
INTERNATIONAL. This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America's role in the world.