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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: November 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Tunisian exception, analysts say, results from a less meddlesome army, more flexible politicians, and an absence of the external interference that countries deemed more important were subjected to.
Posted: November 5, 2014
UAE. "The third quarter witnessed the largest IPO of 2014 to date; Emaar Malls Group raised US$1.6 billion, potentially signaling a shift in the regional business perception of local markets."
Posted: November 5, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The crisis is having an uneven effect on EU member states because the eurozone locks countries with different levels of economic development into the same currency union.
Posted: November 3, 2014
UAE. Evidence suggests that an affordability gap exists in the current Dubai housing market; Segment critical to the sustainable growth of the industry and wider economy, according to a report by Colliers International.
Posted: November 1, 2014
QATAR. The GCC was relatively immune from the EM turmoil which followed tapering. The IMF has estimated that the cumulative portfolio outflows since May 2013 were less than 0.1% of GDP in the GCC - much lower than the rest of EMs, which have been estimated at 0.35%.
Posted: October 31, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. If Russia's "pivot to Asia" results in Moscow and Beijing trading oil between them in a currency other than the dollar, that will represent a major change in how the global economy operates and a marked loss of power for the U.S. and its allies."
Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Total wealth in the GCC stood at US$ 1.7 tillion in 2014, up 4.75% from 2013; Total wealth in Saudi Arabia and UAE grew by 5%; Global household wealth up 8.3% to US$263 trillion, driven by the US and Europe, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute.
Posted: October 29, 2014
UAE. Significant increase in inflows of private capital into UAE in 2014; UAE seen as hub between Africa and Asia; Political stability remains a major factor driving flows; UAE clear winner in the region, as other GCC countries see net outflows of private capital.
Posted: October 28, 2014
UAE. SABIC, ranked 272, is the only company in the Middle East to make it into the Global Innovation 1000 list this year; Innovation leaders say they are better at innovation now than 10 years ago; The most successful innovators tap customers' unarticulated wants and needs.
Posted: October 27, 2014
UAE. In the IMF scenario, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain risk running a budget deficit next year if their spending plans don't change to cope with declining crude prices.
Posted: October 27, 2014
UAE. The recent completion of two major and long-running projects to update financial reporting of revenue recognition and financial instruments will usher in a new set of challenges for users of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the GCC, says ICAEW.
Posted: October 26, 2014
UAE. Standard Chartered Bank hosts second Annual Global Research Briefing sessions for its clients in the UAE; Briefings also held in Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar.
Posted: October 23, 2014
SAUDI ARABIA. The 2014 study - which outlines the top priorities that concern young Saudis - is key to helping policymakers and business leaders design initiatives targeted at improving the lives of the Kingdom's current and future generations.
Posted: October 22, 2014
UAE. The total number of IPOs in Q3 2014 was lower than the previous quarter where we saw seven offerings. However, the total value in Q3 2014 was US$ 1.6 billion, which is a 78% increase in total value compared to Q2 2014.
Posted: October 22, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The problem with an export-based economy is that the exporter is the hostage of its customers. Germany's and China's well-being depend not only on how they manage their economies, but on how their customers manage their own economies.

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The trajectory of Japan's economy has much to teach us about the wisdom of Keynesian policies. Those who are not blinded by left-wing dogma should take a good look at where the road of permanent stimulus ultimately leads.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The path to the acceptance of the participatory approach to development was forged, through trial and error, over several decades until the 1990s, when its global recognition by development practitioners became well-established.
date:Posted: November 20, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There is a high degree of uncertainty over how the Iranian negotiations and the OPEC meeting will play out, but the end of November will be hugely important for energy markets.
INTERNATIONAL. In this excerpt from Greenspan's appearance at the New Orleans Investment Conference, The Gold Report delves into the role of gold versus fiat currency, why central banks own so much gold if it is truly "a barbarous relic," and the reason China is buying so much gold today.
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