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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 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.
Posted: August 11, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. Higher public spending and robust credit growth should support non-oil growth with construction, transport, manufacturing and retail sectors in the lead; A slowdown in global growth and geopolitical tensions constitute key risks, though they are less acute and more evenly balanced than in recent years.
Posted: August 10, 2014
UAE. Big data has the potential to increase top-line revenues by providing better and more timely insights on target consumers; Many organizations, including in the Middle East, are starting to invest in developing their capabilities to take advantage of big data.
Posted: August 7, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. White paper published by MBA graduates of Harvard Business School in collaboration with Growthgate Capital, suggests that many of the beliefs surrounding the impact of PE firms, such as job destruction and an excessive focus on short-term profitability, do not hold.
Posted: August 6, 2014
UAE. It is said that education is the best investment you can make for yourself and for your children. The affluent population in the Middle East appear to agree. They are also amongst the most digitally plugged-in in the world.
Posted: August 6, 2014
LEBANON. Saudi Arabia is already financing a US$3 billion package of French military equipment and arms for Lebanon's army; The fighting in Arsal is the worst violence to hit the volatile border region since the 2011 outbreak of the armed uprising in Syria.
Posted: August 5, 2014
EGYPT. Egypt plans to dig a new channel parallel to the Suez Canal in an US$8.4 billion venture to boost capacity at the vital global waterway, marking a new era of regeneration after the 2011 revolution.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: August 21, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The report found there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa's top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990, an increase of 230% over 14 years.
date:Posted: August 21, 2014
UAE. "The establishment of QIFs aimed at sophisticated, high-net worth investors is a welcome development which reflects the fact that a one size fits all approach to regulation is not appropriate."
date:Posted: August 20, 2014
UAE. Rising geopolitical tensions and slowing global growth; GCC markets remain steady in spite of increased global volatility; Commodity prices soft on China bank data.
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. special operations forces made a failed attempt to rescue journalist James Foley and other Americans held hostage by Islamic extremists in Syria earlier this summer, the White House said in a statement.
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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