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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 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.
Posted: August 5, 2014
UAE. "The capital invested in the UAE from MENA region is more in the form of individual property assets, whereas the UAE's role in attracting capital flow from BRIC countries is the result of progressive government measures and global partnerships," according to Fortress Investments.
Posted: August 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "It's the people that have been calling for gold's demise every single year who don't understand the fundamentals... No market goes up every single year... I know what's driving the trend and that's the central banks, particularly the Federal Reserve."
Posted: August 3, 2014
UAE. "The recent systematic cyber-attacks on Middle East governments and Oil & Gas companies have highlighted the need for determining the value of your data now, and over time, the motivation and resources of potential attackers, which are the first steps in making decisions about adequate protection."
Posted: August 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Secretary of State John Kerry and UN chief Ban Ki-moon announced the accord in a joint statement Thursday, saying the UN has "received assurances that all parties have agreed" to it.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: September 2, 2014
UAE. The top ten most influential brands headquartered in the UAE based on engagement among LinkedIn's membership of 313 million professionals; Leading UAE airlines are the top two brands, Etihad Airways tops ranking.
date:Posted: September 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. strategic conception must evolve away from seeing these conflicts as distinct theaters into seeing them as different aspects of the same theater: the Black Sea.
date:Posted: September 1, 2014
UAE. The Middle East's top brands have grown by an average of 38%, according to The Brand Finance Middle East 50; This brings the total value of the top 50 above US$50 billion for the first time; Emirates holds the top spot and remains far ahead of the rest.
UAE. The top ten most influential brands headquartered in the UAE based on engagement among LinkedIn's membership of 313 million professionals; Leading UAE airlines are the top two brands, Etihad Airways tops ranking.
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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