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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: February 16, 2015
UAE. Private wealth doubled in the GCC growing 17.5% per year between 2010-2014; Saudi Arabia and the UAE control 74% of the region's private wealth; Affluent segment is the fastest-growing wealth segment in the GCC.
Posted: February 16, 2015
UAE. S&P expects a deceleration in credit and deposit growth in 2015, accompanied by relatively higher credit losses that should limit earnings growth to the mid-single digits; However, the downside risks are limited because the banks have substantially improved their funding, asset quality, and capitalization.
Posted: February 11, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. The Germans are too strong to be ignored and too weak to impose their will. Historically, the Germans tried to increase their strength so they could impose their will. In the case of Ukraine, they have no intention of doing so. It will be interesting to see whether their will can hold when their strength is insufficient.
Posted: February 11, 2015
UAE. UAE retirees outperform several western nations, including the U.S. and UK in key indicators according to Natixis Global Asset Management study.
Posted: February 10, 2015
UAE. Rapidly growing populations and per capita incomes, rising life expectancies, a high incidence of lifestyle-related diseases, and ambitious medical infrastructure projects are driving health care industry growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, says new Deloitte healthcare report.
Posted: February 10, 2015
UAE. Nine in 10 UAE citizens said better digital services would improve their view of government.
Posted: February 10, 2015
SAUDI ARABIA. The negative outlook reflects S&P's view that Saudi Arabia's general government fiscal position is weakening; 'AA-/A-1+ ratings affirmed.
Posted: February 10, 2015
UAE. Dubai sits in first place among the Middle East, followed by Abu Dhabi and Doha; Jeddah and Riyadh lead the way on environmental sustainability in the region; Doha performs stronger on Profit factors than People and Planet
Posted: February 9, 2015
UAE. 2014 MENA M&A deal activity up by 6% while deal value dips 11% compared to 2013; Q4 2014 MENA M&A deal activity increased by 26% and value by 102% compared to Q4 2013, according to EY's Q4 MENA M&A update.
Posted: February 8, 2015
UAE. Digital, analytics and big data the key bets for 2015; but what role will CIOs play in delivering these, asks Deloitte's second global CIO Survey.
Posted: February 5, 2015
UAE. Saudi has the highest market penetration which indicates that market opportunity now lies in the trading up of goods; Increased optimism among the lowest earners in society; India tops the ranking.
Posted: February 4, 2015
UAE. Innovation as a differentiator, and the need to build everyday banking that is both contextual, and puts customer experience first, will become a strategic priority for all UAE banks who aim to not miss the boat in an industry that is evolving at such a rapid pace.
Posted: February 3, 2015
UAE. "Authentic Brands" by Cohn & Wolfe shows consumer anger rising around the world; Carrefour, DEWA, Du, Etisalat, Emirates, McDonalds, Samsung and Spinneys among top 20 most authentic brands in the UAE.
Posted: February 2, 2015
UAE. 2015 is shaping up to be the year the banking industry moves past "short-termism" to focus on improving the fundamentals of their businesses in the resolute pursuit of profitability.
Posted: February 2, 2015
UAE. Global economic and political turmoil causing uncertainty going into 2015, according to PwC's Capital Markets team.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. Unexpected developments can catch the herd wrong-footed and spark major movements when the masses scatter at the same time. When that occurs, those who resisted the herd may find themselves rewarded. We believe that we are approaching such a point.
date:Posted: March 3, 2015
QATAR. QNB Group report examines recent developments and the outlook for the Qatari economy as it continues its strong growth based on large investment spending.
date:Posted: March 3, 2015
INTERNATIONAL. This isn't about Netanyahu and Obama, and both know it. It is about the reconfiguration of a region the US cannot subdue and cannot leave. It is the essence of great power strategy: creating a balance of power in which the balancers are trapped into playing a role they don't want.
INTERNATIONAL. This isn't about Netanyahu and Obama, and both know it. It is about the reconfiguration of a region the US cannot subdue and cannot leave. It is the essence of great power strategy: creating a balance of power in which the balancers are trapped into playing a role they don't want.
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