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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, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Leaving them to their own devices is no longer a viable option as the continuation of the conflict is hazardous and potentially explosive. The resumption of bilateral peace negotiations with US mediation alone will not succeed any more than the Obama administration's two previous efforts.
Posted: August 26, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. We are moving towards a status/mode where monetary policy can't help, where central banks are increasingly acknowledging that the disadvantages of too low policy rates outweigh advantages. The early beginning of the end for pretend-and-extend?
Posted: August 25, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. OPEC next gathers December 4 in Vienna, just over a year since Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi announced at the previous OPEC winter meeting the Saudi decision to let the oil market determine oil prices rather than to continue Saudi Arabia's role of guarantor of US$100+/bbl oil.
Posted: August 24, 2015
UAE. The continuation of low energy prices is impacting both optimism and risk appetite in the Middle East, finds Deloitte report. Optimism in UAE drops to a net 46% from net 61% previously.
Posted: August 24, 2015
UAE. Large homegrown online marketplaces will lead digital growth in the Arab region, with retail sales expected to surge from the current US$10 billion to US$100 billion in 2025.
Posted: August 24, 2015
UAE. More than any other region, companies in the Middle East began looking for opportunities in new markets in the last three months. 43% of them took this approach, while over half of firms (53%) sought ways of reducing costs during this difficult period.
Posted: August 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Trend Forecast: In the environment of currency devaluations, failing economies, global conflict and social unrest, we forecast gold will be valued as a safe haven commodity.
Posted: August 21, 2015
UAE. A very appealing pack of consumers to advertisers: They are happily spending their disposable income now that they have entered full-time work and they have unprecedented influential power.
Posted: August 20, 2015
UAE. Gold priced in INR and CNY are up by more than 6%. While this may look negative for Dubai, the risk of further devaluations may spur demand from investors seeking a hedge against falling currencies.
Posted: August 19, 2015
LEBANON. "The positive impact on households' budgets of the 30% drop in local gasoline retail prices and of the sharp reduction in telecom tariffs, as well as the acceleration of the Ministry of Public Health's food safety campaign, helped improve the outlook of consumers."
Posted: August 19, 2015
UAE. Surveyed online by YouGov, the findings provide great insights into the spending behaviour of UAE residents, especially with regards to the method of payments.
Posted: August 19, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Weakening outlook for global economy amid fears over China; China recession is now rated the number one "tail risk" by 52% of panel.
Posted: August 18, 2015
UAE. GCC governments understands the urgent need for fiscal-sustainability in the long-term. This urgency, according to Deloitte's latest report, would be addressed if GCC governments could commit to the domestic implementation of a broad-based Value Added Tax on goods and services.
Posted: August 18, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The lifting of trade restrictions placed on Iran may present a significant opportunity for the MENA (re)insurance market.
Posted: August 16, 2015
KUWAIT. The sharply lower oil price environment since mid-2014 significantly reduced S&P's forecast of Kuwait's fiscal and external surpluses. However, Kuwait has built up very large fiscal and external net asset positions over many years, which will help it weather the current environment; The outlook is stable.

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date:Posted: August 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Suspected anchors on the gold price, such as an interest rate increase and devaluation of the yuan, could actually be a rallying cry for commodities, he says in this interview with The Gold Report.
date:Posted: August 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Turkish Football Federation in a demonstration of the inseparable ties between sports and politics, has effectively declared its support for renewed Turkish-Kurdish hostilities.
date:Posted: August 28, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. "Now, that multi-trillion-dollar money-pumping bubble, which overinflated equity markets, is quickly deflating. And so, too, are the economies and commodities pumped up with it."
INTERNATIONAL. Leaving them to their own devices is no longer a viable option as the continuation of the conflict is hazardous and potentially explosive. The resumption of bilateral peace negotiations with US mediation alone will not succeed any more than the Obama administration's two previous efforts.
INTERNATIONAL. Suspected anchors on the gold price, such as an interest rate increase and devaluation of the yuan, could actually be a rallying cry for commodities, he says in this interview with The Gold Report.
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