2014

GCC UNITY BEGINS TO FRAY

GCC UNITY BEGINS TO FRAY

GCC REGIONAL SUPERSECTION 2014 | UNITY
Despite more than 30 years of political and economic unity, the Gulf Cooperation Council countries remain divided when it comes to foreign policy and approaches to national and regional security.

SHADOWS OF THE PAST

COUNTRY REPORT: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Despite a fast-growing economy and plans to boost growth via infrastructure investments, debts are mounting again at Dubai’s government-related entities. Is the day when Dubai World almost collapsed coming back to haunt investors?

Middle East: The Price Of Progress

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT Visitors to the Middle East cannot help but be awed by the majestic skylines of the metropolises that have sprung from the desert sands along the Arabian Gulf. While oil wealth has paid for this development, ...

Qatar: Spotlight On Labor Reform

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT   By Gordon Platt   Occurring on the global stage, the World Cup 2022 is helping to highlight labor market reform in Qatar.   At least 400 Nepalese construction workers have died in Qatar in the ...

Middle East Thrives Amid Political Flux

MIDDLE EAST 2014 SUPPLEMENT   By Gordon Platt   The economies of the Middle East continue to prosper despite ongoing instability. In some cases, that instability is creating the greatest opportunities. However, any prospects for investing do come with a ...

Mergers & Acquisitions: Cable Tv Industry Consolidates

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS By Gordon Platt Comcast agreed in February to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth more than $45 billion that would combine the two largest cable operators in the US. The proposed offer apparently unplugged ...

Central Banks Hold Key To FX Moves

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS   By Gordon Platt   Central bank policies in the major economies will likely be the main guide for currency exchange rates this year, analysts say. Janet Yellen’s confirmation as the new head of the Federal Reserve ...

Dubai Gets World Expo Fever

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP By Gordon Platt The Dubai Financial Market was one of the best-performing equity markets in the world in 2013, with the general index nearly doubling. Confidence in the emirate was boosted by news that it won the ...

Equity: Capital Market Activity Rises

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS   By Gordon Platt   A total of $797 billion of equity capital was issued globally in 2013, up 27% from a year earlier, while underwriting fees rose 34%, according to Thomson Reuters. The volume of initial ...

World’s Best Trade Finance Banks

Jump To See Winners ANNUAL SURVEY: TRADE FINANCE BECOMES AN ASSET CLASS Global Finance presents its annual awards for the Best Trade Finance Institutions globally, regionally, and by country. The outlook for the trade finance business in 2014 is rosy, ...

Slashing Saudi Oil Reliance

COUNTRY REPORT By Gordon Platt The coming year could be crucial for Saudi Arabia, as the Middle Eastern powerhouse deals with a changing global landscape in terms of both its primary economic driver—oil—and its key international partnerships. Three years after ...

World’s Best Foreign Exchange Providers

ANNUAL SURVEY — STABILITY AMID CHANGE   By Gordon Platt   A global investigation into trading irregularities has not hampered growth or innovation in one of the world’s largest and most volatile markets—foreign exchange.   The $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange ...

Kuwait: Reshaping The Welfare State

COUNTRY REPORT   By Gordon Platt   Oil-rich Kuwait is finally making progress on implementing its multibillion-dollar development program and improving its business operating environment.   Despite its aim to become a world-class financial and commercial center, the Arab Gulf ...

M&A: Steady As She Goes

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS   By Gordon Platt   The outlook for mergers and acquisitions in 2014 is generally positive in light of expectations for modest global economic growth, but a return to pre-crisis levels of M&A activity is not likely, ...

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