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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: November 14, 2014
UAE. Latest annual salary survey reports that the majority of CIMA members (72%) and CIMA students (54%) in the UAE are satisfied with their income.
Posted: November 13, 2014
UAE. Investors need to diversify out of concentrated positions in GCC equities; Our key calls on US and Japan equities remain intact; Gold prices will remain subdued.
Posted: November 13, 2014
UAE. CEB launches new research that challenges the notion of graduate skill shortages in the Middle East and shows how firms could be stifling future performance of young talent.
Posted: November 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago served as an exclamation point in history ending Marxism and the Soviet empire. It did not end history, but rather it renewed the puzzle that has dogged Europe since 1871. What will Germany do next and what will the outside world do with Germany?
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Now that oil prices have fallen to below US$80 per barrel from around US$100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested.
Posted: November 11, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. ETFGI's research finds a record US$233.0 billion in net new asset (NNA) inflows year-to-date.
Posted: November 11, 2014
UAE. Less than half (40%) of senior executives rank work/life balance as a high priority, a London Business School survey has found. This is in direct contrast to the priorities of their Generation Y employees who put work/life balance at the top of the priority list.
Posted: November 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Commodity prices remain under pressure across all sectors as the dollar continues to rise while rising supplies of many key commodities from energy through metals to food is not being met by an equal rise in demand.
Posted: November 10, 2014
UAE. "Across the board, debt capital markets lag behind financial intermediation and equity markets as a source of private-sector financing," said S&P's credit analyst Trevor Cullinan.
Posted: November 10, 2014
UAE. Over 75% of property investors in EMEA plan to increase real estate weightings in the region in 2015, according to the Global Investor Sentiment survey from Colliers International.
Posted: November 10, 2014
QATAR. QNB assessment is based on fiscal breakeven prices (the oil prices at which the government budget would be in balance), which is estimated to be well below current oil prices.
Posted: November 10, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. SME financing challenges present an opportunity for PE players; understanding the business culture is critical; Favorable demographics and non-oil government support are key drivers for PE funds into KSA, reveals Alkhabeer Capital research report.
Posted: November 9, 2014
UAE. The lower oil price could slow economic growth for the GCC; Lower government revenues may also result in increased government efforts to tackle energy subsidy reform.
Posted: November 6, 2014
QATAR. Directors' and Officers' liability insurance has been around for several decades now but has not always attracted the interest of local buyers in the Middle East in comparison with other parts of the world. We are however seeing a shift in the previous trend
Posted: November 6, 2014
UAE. Over half say the process was not easy; Self-funding still the most popular finance option, according to a new SME survey from Souqalmal.com Business (Infographic).

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 26, 2014
UAE. "In the final months of 2014, we expect further increases in occupancy rates, with the pleasant weather attracting more tourists, alongside the seasonal increase in events and conferences."
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In the end, it is unlikely that the territorial Islamic State can survive. The truth is that Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia are all waiting for the U.S. to solve the problem with air power and a few ground forces. These actions will not destroy IS, but they will break the group's territorial coherence.
date:Posted: November 25, 2014
BAHRAIN. The "increasingly deregulated and competitive economic environment is facilitating rapid growth in business development within the private sector."
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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