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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: April 30, 2015
UAE. HSBC research shows traditional inheritance dying out as more working age people redistribute their savings during their lifetime and leave less for future generations; 92% of working age people provide regular financial support to family or friends.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. EY launches Diversification Tracker, which benchmarks the GCC countries both globally and against each other; Study identifies transport, financial services, tourism, telecoms and R&D as the "sweet spot" where regional strengths, economic impact and nationals' employment preferences converge.
Posted: April 29, 2015
UAE. Slow start to 2015 will be bolstered by deals anticipated for later in the year; Egyptian market sees three new listings; UAE remains most targeted GCC country, but Qatar overtakes the UAE to become the most active outbound investor in Q1 2015.
Posted: April 28, 2015
UAE. As banks address new capital regulatory requirements and slow balance sheet growth, a new global study on alternative channels for capital from shadow banking provides a unique investor perspective on what it will take for these financing vehicles to take hold and support economic growth.
Posted: April 28, 2015
UAE. The UAE listed insurer market posted its worst-ever underwriting performance in 2014, mainly because of fierce competition that drove down premiums in medical and motor insurance; The positive economic outlook for the UAE is likely to expand the insurance market in 2015.
Posted: April 27, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Since its accession to the WTO in 2005, the Saudi Arabia has embarked on a dual process of opening its markets to foreign companies and regulating its labour market to promote employment for nationals.
Posted: April 27, 2015
UAE. "The market downturn is attracting selective opportunistic investment," according to Jesse Downs, Managing Director of Phidar Advisory; Real estate firm releases latest end-quarter residential research note.
Posted: April 25, 2015
UAE. "Arab cinema industry must get more commercial and international," says Mohamed Hefzy, the award winning Egyptian producer and director; More investment is needed in Arab entertainment sector to enable the players to raise the bar, according to Fortress Capital Investments.
Posted: April 22, 2015
UAE. In a speech to the Dubai Global Convention on Leadership for Business Excellence and Innovation, Andrew Ratcliffe expressed to government officials and business leaders that companies should rethink how they behave if they want long-term success.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. 39% of Arab youth agree it will never work, 36% think it could work while the remaining 25% are unsure, according to the 7th Annual ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. Less than 0.15% of the dividends of GCC-listed companies and 0.59% of those of the UAE's dividends invested in tech start-ups vs. 5% in the USA; UAE invests 4x more of its public companies' dividends in tech start-ups.
Posted: April 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Germany exports as much as it consumes, and half of that goes to the EU. More than anyone, it needs the free trade zone for its own well-being. This is why, however the Germans growl, it is not the Grexit they fear but rising tariffs.
Posted: April 21, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. New World Bank report calls for accountability in public service delivery and identifies local success stories to inform and inspire reforms.
Posted: April 21, 2015
UAE. Positive market signals for the remainder of the year; Nine Middle East deals worth US$1.8 billion in Q1 2015; Middle Eastern M&A and Private Equity Forum will take place in Dubai on 4th May.
Posted: April 20, 2015
UAE. #ListenLearnLead research into how professional men and women look at work and opportunity have revealed how much of an impact the digital workplace is affecting employment; 70% of UAE respondents have asked for a pay raise and 34% are looking for outside opportunities.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: May 3, 2015
UAE. According to a new The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, the world's ocean is worth US$24 trillion - over 15 times the asset size of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) combined.
date:Posted: May 1, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. Saudi Arabia's government and external balance sheets currently remain strong and provide a buffer to withstand external shocks, including a drop in oil prices; The outlook remains negative, reflecting S&P's view that Saudi Arabia's general government fiscal position is weakening.
date:Posted: April 30, 2015
UAE. HSBC research shows traditional inheritance dying out as more working age people redistribute their savings during their lifetime and leave less for future generations; 92% of working age people provide regular financial support to family or friends.
UAE. According to a new The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study, the world's ocean is worth US$24 trillion - over 15 times the asset size of The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) combined.
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