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Posted: 25-02-2008
INTERNATIONAL. In its latest monthly Global Focus, Standard Chartered predicts there will be no sharp upturn in the current US recession and it will have a global impact. The rest of world may be better insulated, but not decoupled, and as risk aversion mounts, countries with current account deficits will see their currencies under pressure.The big story that is set to continue to unfold over coming months, and indeed years, is how the balance of global economic and financial power is shifting, from West to East. But three issues currently stand out. First, how severe will be th
Posted: July 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. In a presidential statement, the 15-member body expressed strong support for a ceasefire, and urged all parties to accept and fully implement it into the Eid period marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and beyond.
Posted: July 27, 2014
QATAR. In the long run, the dynamism and innovation of the private sector is expected to drive growth and development with the government focusing on creating the right physical and legal environment to encourage that process.
Posted: July 24, 2014
UAE. Report data shows that 64% of TV viewers in Saudi Arabia and 50% in the UAE are engaged in other digital activities simultaneously, higher than the global average.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Emerging capital markets are expected to double their global index share by 2030, according to the Credit Suisse Research Institute's "Emerging Capital Markets: The Road to 2030" report.
Posted: July 23, 2014
UAE. Colliers' Capital Flows Quarterly Report highlights Middle East investors' appetite for alternative product including hotels and serviced apartments.
Posted: July 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Whether Putin is in real trouble is not something I can be certain of, but too many things have gone wrong for him lately for me not to consider the possibility. And as in any political crisis, more and more extreme options are contemplated if the situation deteriorates."
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE This article provides an updated summary of the key employment law developments across the GCC; A new Government body known as the Manpower Authority is being created in Kuwait to take over certain functions of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.
Posted: July 22, 2014
UAE. The escalation of turmoil in the world is yet to play a role for the market, but be warned: everything economic has a delayed reaction of nine to twelve month. If the present state of alertness continues through the summer you can bet on higher energy prices having a serious impact.
Posted: July 22, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia is removing barriers on one of the world's most-restricted major stock exchanges as the government pursues a US$130 billion spending plan to boost non-oil industries.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. The human factor drives the innovative capacity; The GII 2014 surveys 143 economies around the world, using 81 indicators-to gauge both their innovation capabilities and measurable results.
Posted: July 21, 2014
UAE. GCC IPO volume up 67% in H1 2014; H1 2014 saw the most capital raised and highest volume of IPOs since 2008; "The IPO market is very strong across MENA, particularly among the GCC countries."
Posted: July 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Raising the stakes in the East-West showdown between Kiev and Moscow, a Ukrainian interior ministry official blamed "terrorists" using a ground-to-air missile and Ukraine's prime minister called the downing of the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur a "catastrophe."
Posted: July 16, 2014
UAE. Overall, global monetary policies remain very supportive of - and focused on - global growth, according to Baring Asset Management. In this scenario, equities should remain the major building blocks of portfolios.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. A net 61% of global asset allocators are now overweight equities; Inflation expectations reach record levels; Exposure to commodities has risen to its strongest in more than a year.
Posted: July 15, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. At this moment, we know for certain that Israel has amassed a force sufficient to initiate ground operations but has not done so. Hamas has not fired a saturation attack, assuming it could, but has forced Israel to assume that such an attack is possible.

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date:Posted: July 31, 2014
UAE. Rotate into high-yield bonds which offer better value; Large IPOs could drain money out of stock markets and raise volatility ahead, says Emirates NBD investment chief.
date:Posted: July 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. One aspect of this war is that both sides apparently found it necessary, despite knowing it would have no definitive military outcome. The question therefore is not what the point of all this is but where all this ends.
date:Posted: July 31, 2014
UAE. Indonesia should lead the way in ASEAN markets over the next year; The best performing markets in the second quarter were Thailand and the Philippines; Health care strongest sector in ASEAN in Q2.
INTERNATIONAL. Israel mobilised 16,000 additional reservists Thursday to bolster forces fighting in Gaza as Washington gave its ally the go-ahead to raid stocks of emergency US weapons stored on Israeli soil.
INTERNATIONAL. The future will be decided in a race between global advances in demand for resources, complex technology and biotech innovation, and growing sovereign debt.
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