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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: December 17, 2014
UAE. CFA Institute's 2015 Global Market Sentiment Survey highlights importance of central bank policies for 2015 market performance, notes concerns about weak developed markets and political instability.
Posted: December 17, 2014
UAE. The level of consumer trust in insurers is 52%, compared to 73% for supermarkets, and 71% for banks; 32% in UAE and 49% in KSA likely to switch insurers in the next 12 months.
Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Global investors are keeping faith with equities on improved growth outlook, while raising cash as markets enter the volatile year-end period, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for December.
Posted: December 16, 2014
UAE. The residential segment has experienced a period of relative stability during H2 2014, with rental rates remaining broadly flat. Over the course of the year, modest growth of around 7% was recorded, compared with 24% during 2013, according to CBRE's year-end market update.
Posted: December 15, 2014
UAE. Deloitte issues its CFO Signals survey for Q3 2014; A net 47% of survey respondents in the Middle East were decidedly more optimistic regarding the financial prospects of their companies compared with the preceding six months.
Posted: December 14, 2014
UAE. Survey by Mercer reveals companies are struggling to identify future leaders and lacking strong and deep leadership pipelines, a situation that is likely to result in a continued reliance on expatriates for their senior roles for years to come.
Posted: December 10, 2014
UAE. Booz Allen, as it does annually, has assembled its list of likely Cyber Trends for 2015 and beyond impacting the Middle East.
Posted: December 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. From a Russian default to a UK housing shock and a market-decimating volcano eruption to an online-shopping hijack. Saxo Bank has mixed the brilliant with the outlandish to, at the very least, offer food for thought and perhaps to flavour your trading portfolios in 2015.
Posted: December 10, 2014
UAE. In addition to getting involved in societal issues, the majority of GCC Millennials also want business to focus on better and more sustainable business practices; "Action" more important than "words"; Collaboration is key.
Posted: December 9, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The decision not to cut production led many observers to conclude that OPEC has largely lost the ability to upwardly influence prices. But this determination ignores the wider geopolitical considerations that may be convincing Saudi Arabia to be perfectly content, for now, with lower prices.
Posted: December 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The ratings agency affirmed the strong "AA-/A-1+" credit ratings for Riyadh over the "strong external and fiscal positions" it has built up in the past decade when oil prices were too high.
Posted: December 3, 2014
UAE. 60% of UAE online shoppers purchasing from overseas websites, and over a third (36%) of online adults anticipating they will begin to or increase their online cross-border shopping in the next 12 months.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. Islamic banking assets in six core markets - Qatar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and Turkey - on course to hit US$1.8 rilliont by 2019; Analysis of sentiment on social media shows that customer satisfaction with Islamic banks is mediocre.
Posted: December 2, 2014
UAE. The research forms part of a pioneering forthcoming study focusing on the changing values in the UAE- the first of its kind in the region to investigate how national identity is being shaped and influenced by economic affluence and globalisation.
Posted: November 29, 2014
UAE. At this juncture, the most exposed countries are Russia and Ukraine, followed by other commodity producers like Brazil and South Africa, according to QNB report.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: December 17, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Russians don't respond to economic pressure as Westerners do. Sanctions reflect European and American thresholds of pain. They are designed to cause pain that the West could not withstand. Applied to others, the effects may vary.
date:Posted: December 17, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. In general, the lack of certainty regarding damages means the litigation risk is significantly higher in Saudi Arabia compared with other jurisdictions. In comparison, however, the level of damages awards remains much lower.
date:Posted: December 17, 2014
UAE. CFA Institute's 2015 Global Market Sentiment Survey highlights importance of central bank policies for 2015 market performance, notes concerns about weak developed markets and political instability.
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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