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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: August 28, 2014
UAE. Dubai World, the state-owned company at the center of the emirate's 2009 financial crisis, reached a deal with its main creditors to extend the repayment of US$10.3 billion of debt, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Posted: August 26, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Is it time to stop thinking about stabilizing Syria and Iraq and start thinking of a new dynamic outside of the artificial states that no longer function? To do this, we need to go back to Lebanon, the first state that disintegrated and the first place where clans took control of their own destiny.
Posted: August 25, 2014
UAE. With its oil wealth, population growth and strong demand for industrial and consumer goods, the MENA region is an attractive market. There are, however, potential pitfalls in doing business, particularly when it comes to appointing local agents to distribute products in the region.
Posted: August 23, 2014
QATAR. QNB report expects the ECB, the Bank of England and the Federal Reserve to keep to record-low interest rates for an extended period of time. Qatar's policy rates are likely to follow suit.
Posted: August 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. By 2040, Africa will experience faster economic growth than any other region and is expected to have the biggest labour force in the world; By 2030 Dar es Salaam and Luanda could have bigger populations than London has now.
Posted: August 22, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia set out draft proposals on foreign-shareholder limits as one of the world's most restricted stock markets prepares to open its doors for the first time to investors outside the region.
Posted: August 19, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Europe has been mired in an economic crisis for half a decade now. There have been constant predictions that Europe may finally be turning an economic corner, but if Germany's economy is contracting, it is difficult to believe that any corner is being turned.
Posted: August 15, 2014
KUWAIT. Kuwait confirms the network layout for its new US$20 billion metro with construction due to begin in 2017; KNPC to invest US$35 billion on expanding oil and gas projects over the next five years.
Posted: August 14, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Realism counsels caution, because a bias for action can often lead to disaster. But actually Obama is not a realist, yet he understands restraint. He rushes in with drones and advisers rather than with ground troops. But that is only the beginning of realism, not its culmination.
Posted: August 13, 2014
UAE. The initial public offering market in the GCC in the second quarter of 2014 started off and ended on a high, with a total of seven IPOs, compared to two in Q1 2014.
Posted: August 13, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Sentiment towards Europe has fallen significantly - the earnings outlook for the region suffered its greatest monthly fall since the survey started - but emerging markets thrive.
Posted: August 12, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Sovereign creditworthiness will likely remain the main driver behind bank ratings changes. But we note that many other risk metrics for the banks have remained fairly resilient, from profitability to funding and asset quality."
Posted: August 12, 2014
UAE. "The benefits of customer-funding are far more than just the freedom from heavy loans and interfering investors. Entrepreneurs must realise that their top priority - at least during the early days - is to find paying customers, not to raise capital."
Posted: August 11, 2014
UAE. Study reveals systematic differences in how banks disclose fair values of loans and write off bad or "impaired" debt in 16 countries.
Posted: August 11, 2014
QATAR. The outlook remains uneven and risks are tilted heavily on the downside. The eventual rise in US interest rates and geopolitical risks emanating from Eastern Europe and the Middle East are likely to add to the investment slowdown.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 29, 2014
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The Saudi Arabian index is the region's most diverse capital market due to its size and maturity; Jadwa Investment views the opening up of the Tadawul as an overall positive but believes a cautious and considered path to reform is the best way forward, much like the Chinese example.
date:Posted: August 28, 2014
LEBANON. The results of the Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index show a marginal improvement in January and February, picking up pace in March and April, and regressing in May and June 2014.
KUEAIT. There is plenty of potential in the Kuwaiti market, should investor interest remain and the government carries out its proposed spending plans. The government's 2014/15 budget is expansionary, with expenditure growth of 3.2% to US$77.3 billion.
INTERNATIONAL. I think one of the big fallacies in people's thinking about the Iraqi oil sector has been the focus on who's making money producing the oil. The bigger impact is on consumers.
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