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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: October 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodities reached a new five-year low last week as weakness in energy and industrial metals offset gains in precious metals and agriculture.
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. The IMF revises GCC growth higher, but GCC equities head lower; Concerns on global growth spur flight to safety; The USD may have peaked short-term.
Posted: October 15, 2014
UAE. Expedia/Egencia study examines how mobile devices impact travel; Second only to India, UAE travelers are the most dependent on mobile devices - with 86% saying their smartphone is "very important/critical" versus 76% globally.
Posted: October 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Affluents in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America are far more likely to own these devices than their European counterparts, according to the Ipsos Global Affluent Survey.
Posted: October 14, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The pharma industry has grown from US$3-US$4 billion from 2008-2013; Healthcare budget as a percentage of GDP has increased from 3.4% to 4.9% over the same period; Physical penetration of international players and gradual shift towards low-cost genetics changing landscape.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. Market share will likely keep increasing within a supportive operating environment; S&P estimates market share is nearing 25% of overall GCC banking system assets and that it could edge closer to 30% over the next 5-6 years; Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE offer the brightest growth opportunities.
Posted: October 13, 2014
UAE. EY launches the "Growth drivers" report which identifies the four biggest drivers of policy; Governments are increasingly viewing entrepreneurship and SME development as a solution to youth unemployment and sustainable economic growth
Posted: October 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Governments can make significant strides in job creation by reforming policies used to protect politically connected companies, which would in turn promote competition, and ensure equal opportunities for all firms.
Posted: October 11, 2014
QATAR. A recent McKinsey report projected that GDP could triple to US$1.6 trillion by 2030, supported by rapid infrastructure expansion through investment of up to US$1.5 trillion.
Posted: October 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Oil in capitulation with Brent crude hitting four-year low; Agriculture recovering; Precious metals boosted by falling dollar and stock market wobble.
Posted: October 9, 2014
MOROCCO. To sustainably advance human development and political stability, Arab Spring countries should decentralize to sub-national levels the resources necessary to catalyze and implement community development.
Posted: October 9, 2014
UAE. The predictions offer a preview on what's to come on topics ranging from mobile devices and personal systems to enterprise systems and IT services.
Posted: October 9, 2014
UAE. Deloitte mergers and acquisitions specialists delivers their insights on what is driving activity in the oil and gas industry; Middle East unrest keeps oil and gas commodity prices relatively high for the first half of the year.
Posted: October 8, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In September investors invested the majority of net new money into North American equity exposures.
Posted: October 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Turkey's behavior can be perplexing and frustrating to Western leaders, but the country's combination of reticence in action and audacity in rhetoric can be traced back to many of the same issues that confronted Istanbul in 1919.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: October 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In his latest interview with The Gold Report, the 321gold.com founder delivers a frank overview of U.S. international policy and lambasts commentators who look to their tea leaves in search of the next market moves.
date:Posted: October 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. If Russia's "pivot to Asia" results in Moscow and Beijing trading oil between them in a currency other than the dollar, that will represent a major change in how the global economy operates and a marked loss of power for the U.S. and its allies."
date:Posted: October 30, 2014
UAE. GCC corporate earnings strength intact; Regional bonds unaffected by global shocks; Central Banks support financial markets.
INTERNATIONAL. If Russia's "pivot to Asia" results in Moscow and Beijing trading oil between them in a currency other than the dollar, that will represent a major change in how the global economy operates and a marked loss of power for the U.S. and its allies."
INTERNATIONAL. In his latest interview with The Gold Report, the 321gold.com founder delivers a frank overview of U.S. international policy and lambasts commentators who look to their tea leaves in search of the next market moves.
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