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Mideast SWFs look within borders for opportunities Mideast SWFs look within borders for opportunities(0)

Should sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) invest in domestic markets? CONTINUE READING

EGX optimistic, eyes 8,500 points in 2014 EGX optimistic, eyes 8,500 points in 2014(0)

The main Egyptian stock market index could hit 8,500 before the end of the year as economic and political conditions stabilise, according to Pharos Holdings. CONTINUE READING

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BRICS high on Africa’s global trade agenda BRICS high on Africa’s global trade agenda(0)

Emerging markets are eager to diversify away from the developed economies and looking to open up fresh avenues for trade, investment and exchange of product and services. CONTINUE READING

Gulf markets offer wider scope to pursue growth Gulf markets offer wider scope to pursue growth(0)

Gulf markets may look like they are overheating, but they still lag behind global markets over a five-year period. CONTINUE READING

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GCC counts losses as EM appetite for oil sours GCC counts losses as EM appetite for oil sours(0)

While Gulf markets may have withstood the collapse of other emerging markets, some clouds are brewing on the horizon, and a sustained battering in emerging markets could see regional investors lose their nerve. CONTINUE READING

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The only way is up for GCC capital markets The only way is up for GCC capital markets(0)

Gulf markets had a stellar year in 2013, and valuations suggest the markets have headroom to go even higher in 2014. CONTINUE READING

Africa becomes magnet for private equity funds Africa becomes magnet for private equity funds(0)

Expect more private equity activity in Africa and the Middle East in the New Year, as the economic dynamo continues to attract investors. CONTINUE READING

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GCC sidelined as firms make beeline for London GCC sidelined as firms make beeline for London(0)

Gulf markets may be surging, but new listings remain a distant dream for regional stock exchanges. CONTINUE READING

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Saudi has high concentration of large companies Saudi has high concentration of large companies(0)

Saudi Arabia has one of the world’s highest concentrations of large companies, according to. CONTINUE READING

Middle East and Africa fight FDI slow-down Middle East and Africa fight FDI slow-down(0)

The number of foreign direct investment (FDI) projects into the Middle East and Africa (MEA) declined by 11.78% in 2012 to 1,370 projects, according to industry barometer, fDI Intelligence. CONTINUE READING

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MENA lending conditions highest since Q2 2011 MENA lending conditions highest since Q2 2011(0)

While lending conditions in other emerging markets such as China, India and South Africa have stumbled over the past few quarters, the Middle East’s oil-exporting countries appeared to see clear skies ahead. CONTINUE READING

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Egypt politics keep investors on the sidelines Egypt politics keep investors on the sidelines(0)

The Egyptian market soared more than 7% as news of the Muslim Brotherhood government’s ouster was announced and investors hoped it would lead to greater market-focused economic decision-making. CONTINUE READING

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ENRC heaves sigh of relief with USD4.6bn deal ENRC heaves sigh of relief with USD4.6bn deal(0)

Kazakhstan’s Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. (ENRC) shareholders have been made an offer they may not be able to refuse. CONTINUE READING

Central Asia bears brunt of emerging markets slowdown Central Asia bears brunt of emerging markets slowdown(0)

Central Asian countries are expected to register growth of 2.6% this year, their lowest collective growth in four years and well below their average growth of 4.7% over the past decade. CONTINUE READING

Faltering global economy prompts US dollar bull run Faltering global economy prompts US dollar bull run(0)

The US dollar has been the “cleanest dirty shirt” over the past few years. CONTINUE READING

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Global economic power shift puts focus on Mideast Global economic power shift puts focus on Mideast(0)

Middle East capital stocks will more than double from USD 3.8 trillion in 2010 to USD 8.8 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the latest study by World Bank. CONTINUE READING

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Foreigner entry to fuel Saudi bourse growth Foreigner entry to fuel Saudi bourse growth(0)

News that Saudi Arabia would allow foreign investors to participate in the Tadawul market would give fresh impetus to the market and bring a number ofinternational money managers to the bourse. CONTINUE READING

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Bearish outlook keeps gold investors at bay Bearish outlook keeps gold investors at bay(0)

Yellow metal investors have seen red over the past few days, as key market makers turned their backs on gold. CONTINUE READING

Transforming Middle Eastern Corporate Practices Transforming Middle Eastern Corporate Practices(1)

By Elza S. Maalouf, Founder & President Integral Insights Consulting, Member of the Evolutionary Leaders Organization

Corporations, like cultures, cannot skip a development stage. Life conditions in the Middle East have remained at tribal levels with egocentric overtones, which have resulted today in the sweeping revolutions of the Arab Spring. Corporate cultures in the Arab world were no exception to these values. Today visionary leaders, men and women, are changing these patterns and investing in human capacities that will outlast the Age of Oil.I have been working with Middle Eastern corporations for over a decade as a consultant and advisor to business founders and CEOs. Over the years, I have seen corporate training seminars delivered by Western consultants and trainers with the same exact content as it was delivered in the West as if the region were an extension of Anglo-Saxon values that just needed to catch up.

Even the best theories from management science fall short on achieving the intended results if they are not tailored to the memetic contours of each culture. In contrast to this one-model-fits-all approach, our consultancy honors all cultures, value systems and levels of development in society, and takes into consideration the environment and habitat in which they operate.

Specifically, the framework I use originated from the emerging science of memetics based on the seminal work of Professor Clare Graves and his successor and colleague Dr. Don Beck. A meme is like a gene that contains units of cultural information. Memes form into general groupings such as politics, language, economics, religion, education, health care, architecture, etc .The natural organizing principle that brings these groupings together is called a value-system or vMEME.
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Gulf stocks end Q1 with USD751bn market cap Gulf stocks end Q1 with USD751bn market cap(0)

A 5.2% correction in the Dubai Financial Market in the month of March took the shine off an otherwise stellar quarter for the emirate and the wider Gulf markets. CONTINUE READING

Black swans 2013 Black swans 2013(0)

As businesses prepare their budgets for next year, many of them see a sea of trouble they must navigate through to get to profitability.
Here is a list of possible black swan events (or grey swan events, as some of them are visible on the horizon) that may upset their best-laid plans:
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What’s so special about these 25 companies? What’s so special about these 25 companies?(0)

By M.R. Raghu,  Senior Vice President & Head of Research at Markaz (Kuwait Finance Centre)

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MENA insurance: Stunted growth MENA insurance: Stunted growth(0)

The Middle East North Africa regional insurance and takaful market is expected to rise just under 5% this year, despite tough economic conditions across the region. CONTINUE READING

Q3 Preview: Weak Quarter? Q3 Preview: Weak Quarter?(0)
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Egyptian and Emirati-listed companies are expected to lead strong growth in the third quarter, as both countries recover from their economic challenges. CONTINUE READING

GCC Markets’ QE3 Boost GCC Markets’ QE3 Boost(0)

Did the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke give Gulf markets yet another boost by signalling his intention to launch QE3 if needed?

MENA Markets: Bull Run? MENA Markets: Bull Run?(0)

With regional markets up strongly despite the Ramadan lull, analysts are prepping for a bull-run post-Eid. CONTINUE READING

World’s Best Performing Markets In H1 2012 World’s Best Performing Markets In H1 2012(0)

After a rollicking start to the year, most Middle East markets joined the global economic doom. But Egypt was a standout and was the world’s second best performing market in the first half. CONTINUE READING

Are Retail Investors Returing To Gulf Markets? Are Retail Investors Returing To Gulf Markets?(0)

Rising trading patterns suggest that investors may be returning to the Gulf markets after years of languishing in the wilderness. But much of the growth remains in the region’s largest market…. CONTINUE READING

Is Saudi Tadawul Ready For Foreign Funds? Is Saudi Tadawul Ready For Foreign Funds?(0)

Can Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul market withstand foreign investor scrutiny? More so than most other regional markets, says Al Rajhi Capital. CONTINUE READING

Gulf Insurance Premiums Rise Despite Upheavals Gulf Insurance Premiums Rise Despite Upheavals(0)

Guess which Middle East country saw the largest growth in insurance premiums last year despite massive economic turmoil facing the country? CONTINUE READING

Can Gulf stock markets maintain momentum? Can Gulf stock markets maintain momentum?(0)

With Gulf economies poised for growth on the back of strong macroeconomic policies, regional stock markets are also set for growth. READ MORE HERE

Where To Invest In The Middle East: Bank of America Merrill Lynch Where To Invest In The Middle East: Bank of America Merrill Lynch(0)

With Gulf economies poised for growth on the back of strong macroeconomic policies, regional stock markets are also set for growth.

The two most liquid GCC markets – Dubai and Saudi Arabia – are both up well over 20% since the start of the year, with the Egyptian market also rising an astonishing 33%.  READ MORE HERE

Middle East Markets Among World’s Best Performing Stock Exchanges Middle East Markets Among World’s Best Performing Stock Exchanges(0)

It has been a massive quarter for stock markets around the world. The S&P 500 – arguably the most influential indicator of global stock market health – had its biggest quarter since 1998. In the first three months of 2012, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 8.1%, the S&P rose 12% and the Nasdaq advanced 19%. READ MORE HERE

Top Ten Middle East Stocks In February Top Ten Middle East Stocks In February(0)

Middle East markets had a phenomenal February. Find out which stocks performed outstandingly well, and which failed to get investors enthused. READ MORE HERE

 

Global Land Rush Global Land Rush(0)

Private equity, sovereign wealth funds and governments of food-importing countries are buying up land to secure food supplies. For good reason: farmland could generate returns of up to 30% annually. READ MORE HERE

Middle East’s Best Performing Stocks Middle East’s Best Performing Stocks(0)

Middle East markets had a phenomenal February. Find out which stocks performed outstandingly well, and which failed to get investors enthused.

February was the month when Middle East markets roared back to life.  READ MORE HERE

Why So Low?: Capital Inflows In Middle East Why So Low?: Capital Inflows In Middle East(0)

Why have regional capital inflows remained well below their 2007 levels, even though emerging markets have since investments surged since then? The IIF says there are four good reasons for the low inflows.

The Middle East North Africa’s capital inflows continue to languish after they peaked at a high of nearly USD150-billion in 2007. READ MORE HERE

IMF Issues Global Economic Risk Alert… Again IMF Issues Global Economic Risk Alert… Again(0)

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The year 2012 may not appear to be any better than 2011 as many businesses had hoped. A new update of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) World Economic Outlook, says global economy will rise 3.3% in 2012, a downward revision from 4% in its previous forecast.

Excluding Libya, MENA growth projections for 2012 and 2013 are set to be lower by -1.6 and -1.2 percentage points, respectively, than in the September 2011 WEO.  READ MORE HERE

Worst Performing MENA Stocks in 2011 Worst Performing MENA Stocks in 2011(0)

The Middle East North Africa markets lost more than USD100-billion in 2011, according to Zawya’s market analysis tool.

Gulf markets alone lost USD52-billion, despite significant revenues generated by high crude prices during 2011, which kept the economies in great shape.

The Gulf states also benefited from economic packages unveiled by virtually all the six GCC states, but investors were more concerned about Arab Spring, geopolitical tensions, slow growth in the U.S. and a sovereign debt crisis in Europe to pay to much attention to domestic stimulus. READ MORE HERE

 

Global Economy Outlook 2012: Deutsche Bank’s View Global Economy Outlook 2012: Deutsche Bank’s View(0)

Deutsche Bank is bullish about next year, i.e. if Europe does not capitulate, the United States does not return to its poor growth and Asia does not suffer a hard landing.

In the eyes of Deutsche Bank analysts, Europe holds the key to global growth. Admittedly, this is slightly myopic thinking given that the world does not revolve around the EU. We have already seen the United States and Asia chug along even as Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy imploded one after
the other. Perhaps that’s a natural home bias of all OECD banks. READ MORE HERE

MSCI Dec 14 Decision On UAE & Qatar On Knife-Edge MSCI Dec 14 Decision On UAE & Qatar On Knife-Edge(0)

EFG-Hermes believes an MSCI upgrade of UAE and Qatar exchanges to emerging market status is unlikely but not impossible. If the upgrade does happen, both markets could tap into an estimated $280Bn of emerging market funds.
The markets have been buoyant recently in anticipation  that MSCI will upgrade both UAE and Qatar to emerging market status on December 14. READ MORE HERE

BRIC: Growth Engine Or Bloody Ridiculous Investment Concept (BRIC)? BRIC: Growth Engine Or Bloody Ridiculous Investment Concept (BRIC)?(0)

 

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Goldman Sachs takes stock of its 10-year BRIC investment model, adding new countries such as Egypt and Iran in the mix. But Societe Generale ridicules the BRIC acronym, calling it a Bloody Ridiculous Investment Concept. READ MORE HERE

Outlook 2012: Beyond Black Swans Outlook 2012: Beyond Black Swans(0)

2011 was the year of black swans – those highly improbable occurrences that turn the world economy on its head. So what black swans could be in store for 2012? Central banks losing control over inflation, as a result of their policy of monetising sovereign debt to excess; or perhaps European growth in excess of 1.2%, a positive scenario that no economist is forecasting on today.
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Top Gulf Stock Picks By United Securities Top Gulf Stock Picks By United Securities(0)
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Muscat-based United Securities has turned cautiously optimistic on the recent developments by global markets to contain the debt crises and on the back of better than expectation Q3 results in some market sectors.
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QuickView: Only 2 GCC-Listed Stocks In Positive Territory In The Year-Markaz QuickView: Only 2 GCC-Listed Stocks In Positive Territory In The Year-Markaz(0)

A new report by Markaz, or Kuwait Financial Centre, offers an excellent insight into the dreadful year Gulf-listed stocks have had in the year.
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Can We Count On A Year-End Rally In MidEast Markets? Can We Count On A Year-End Rally In MidEast Markets?(0)
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Poor analysts. Every time they have hinted at green shoots of recovery, an  avalanche of bad news has wiped out all hope. So can we believe their call for a  year-end rally? READ MORE HERE

Guess Who Topped List Of 20 Global Asset Managers? Guess Who Topped List Of 20 Global Asset Managers?(0)
Pål Nordseth /Foter

Assets managed by the world’s largest 500 fund managers rose by over 4% in 2010 to around US$65
trillion, continuing a trend from 2009 when assets rose 16% on the prior year. The
Pensions & Investments/ Towers Watson World 500 research also shows that despite the rises in assets in 2009 and 2010, they are still below 2007 levels of over US$69 trillion.
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The 147 Most Powerful Companies That Control The World The 147 Most Powerful Companies That Control The World(0)
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A Swiss study reveals how a mere 147 global companies rule the world through complex network of ownership, control and indirect influences. READ MORE HERE

What’s In Store For MENA Markets? What’s In Store For MENA Markets?(0)
Ahmad Nawawi /Foter

While some regional markets such as Egypt and Bahrain had a dreadful September – on account of their own domestic issues – other regional markets remained steadfast in the face of a severe crash in global stock markets.

Can regional markets continue to remain cautiously bullish even as their global counterparts enter bearish territory? READ MORE HERE

International Banks Lose Their Fascination For Gulf International Banks Lose Their Fascination For Gulf(0)

Major international banks from the United States and the European Union are selling off units, restructuring, recapitalising, and shrinking their operations as they comply with stricter regulatory regimes and face poor economic growth in their main markets. In this context, the Gulf, which at one point was an exotic new outpost brimming with petrodollars, no longer seem like an irresistible proposition.
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5 Questions About Global Economy Answered & Where’s The Next Bubble: Barclays 5 Questions About Global Economy Answered & Where’s The Next Bubble: Barclays(0)

 The next bubble may be forming in developed sovereign debt

The October 2011 edition of Barclays Wealth Compass, entitled “Perspectives on Markets: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” reflects upon the past two decades of market volatility with an eye toward understanding and positioning for the future. The firm’s chief investment officer and heads of regional Investment Strategy, Behavioural Finance and Quantitative Analytics answer five key questions in the special edition.
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SPECIAL COMMENT: Is A Recession Priced In? SPECIAL COMMENT: Is A Recession Priced In?(0)

 By Khurram Javed, CFA, an Associate at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Saudi Arabia

“As per the Economic Cycle Research Institute (ECRI), the U.S. economy has already entered a
new recession and it is going to get a lot worse.”
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And The 5 Worst Performing Stock Markets In The World Are… And The 5 Worst Performing Stock Markets In The World Are…(0)

A short list of the world’s top 5 worst performing markets by end of September 2011.
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Global Recession: What The Analysts Say Global Recession: What The Analysts Say(0)

While the average investor was piling funds into the global markets over the summer, seasoned hands such as George Soros were pulling out and getting into cash as early as July.
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Tribute: ‘The world is immeasurably better because of Steve’ Tribute: ‘The world is immeasurably better because of Steve’(0)

“Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations
that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world
is immeasurably better because of Steve.”
Apple Statement
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Quick Notes: Bill Gross’ ‘bulge’ and the global financial crisis Quick Notes: Bill Gross’ ‘bulge’ and the global financial crisis(0)

Bill Gross in a speedo? PASS. PIMCO’s Bill Gross has released his monthly Investment Outlook for October, devoting a few paragraphs to his physique before comparing the today’s debt crisis to his midriff “bulge”, saying “sovereign balance sheets resemble an overweight diabetic on the verge of a heart attack.” He says that if “policymakers could focus on structural as opposed to cyclical financial solutions, New Normal growth as opposed to recession might be possible.” Roadblocks to this which he and his team have identified include:
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Quick Note: OccupyWallStreet Organizers Cite Arab Spring As Inspiration Quick Note: OccupyWallStreet Organizers Cite Arab Spring As Inspiration(0)

The Arab Spring has inspired people far beyond the region.

Describing their tactics, OccupyWallStreet.com, organizers, write on their website:
“Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions.  The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%.  We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of non-violence to maximize the safety of all participants.”
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EFG Positive On Q3 Earnings; Expects Q4 Market Rally; No UAE-Qatar MSCI Upgrade Though EFG Positive On Q3 Earnings; Expects Q4 Market Rally; No UAE-Qatar MSCI Upgrade Though(0)

The regional stock markets may be sending negative signals, but the Middle East listed companies are expected to see a 38% rise in earnings in the third compared to the same period last year, according to EFG-Hermes estimates.

“Materials sector earnings are driven by higher oil prices, lower provisioning and loan growth will likely drive earnings growth for the Saudi banks, and the UAE’s real estate sector will likely see a Y-o-Y turnaround after heavy losses from UP and Aldar in 2010, in our view. (Excluding UP and Aldar reduces earnings growth expectations to 16.8% Y-o-Y and 2.6% Q-o-Q). We believe Q-o-Q growth will be driven by Emaar and UP showing strong earnings growth, seasonally high earnings from SEC and Air Arabia due to the summer period, and OCI, which should benefit from strong fertiliser prices,” notes EFG.

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Forbes U.S. Millionaires: The Year The Rich Got Richer (Except For Warren Buffett) Forbes U.S. Millionaires: The Year The Rich Got Richer (Except For Warren Buffett)(0)

As unemployment in the United States remained stubbornly over 9 per cent, the rich got richer – except of course for Warren Buffett who lost $6-billion, according to Forbes List of 400 Richest Americans.

The list comes at a time when U.S. President Barack Obama has been fighting to slap a higher tax bill on American millionaires, but Congress says that higher taxes will dissuade millionare ‘job creators’ from hiring people. It is also important to note that since 1995 taxes on people in the highest tax bracket has fallen… and so has employment levels, which runs counter to the Republican argument. . READ MORE HERE
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Top 10 Middle East Fund Managers Top 10 Middle East Fund Managers(0)

NCB Capital has more assets under management (AUM) than any other in the region and commands nearly 21% of market share by the first quarter of the year, according to Kuwait Financial Centre, or  Markaz research.

Indeed, the Gulf asset management industry is dominated by Saudi institutions, with Sambacapital, Riyad Capital, Al Rajhi Capital, HSBC Saudi and Caam Saudi Fransi, among the top 10 managers. READ MORE HERE

Gulf Banks Safe As Houses Compared To Vulnerable EU Banks Gulf Banks Safe As Houses Compared To Vulnerable EU Banks(0)

Robust and timely support from the Gulf central banks have made the region’s key financial institutions secure and safe powerhouses.

Their strength is in sharp contrast to the banks of the OECD, especially the European banks which are facing a calamitous future especially if the sovereign debt from Greece and other EU states blows up in their faces. READ MORE HERE

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