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  • Syrian Turmoil Erodes Confidence And Savings

    Syrian Turmoil Erodes Confidence And Savings

    Bankers say Syria's central bank is reluctant to continue the kind of major intervention in support of the pound that it is believed to have carried out in the first eight months of the unrest, as it seeks to reduce depletion of its foreign reserves, estimated at $17 billion before the protests began.

    March 17, 2012 8:50
  • GAME ON: Demographics, Local Tastes Fuel Arab Video Game Industry

    GAME ON: Demographics, Local Tastes Fuel Arab Video Game Industry

    The Middle East has one of the fastest growing communities of online gamers in the world, and demographics mean this is likely to remain true for many years.

    March 17, 2012 8:46
  • STRATEGIC: Qatar Forms A Taste For Foreign Strategic Assets

    STRATEGIC: Qatar Forms A Taste For Foreign Strategic Assets

    The willingness to target big names in Europe's energy and defense sector illustrate how quickly the seven-year old Qatar Investment Authority, with an estimated $60 to $100 billion in assets, has found confidence says Una Galani

    March 15, 2012 4:00
 
  • Cautiously, tiny Algeria exchange to open up to foreigners

    Cautiously, tiny Algeria exchange to open up to foreigners

    Algeria's stock market resembles its economy: over-regulated, uncompetitive and performing well-short of its potential. So plans to allow foreign money into it may be a step towards wider economic change.

    March 15, 2012 11:32
  • The week ahead: fragile UAE uptrend, Egypt hopes for IMF loan

    The week ahead: fragile UAE uptrend, Egypt hopes for IMF loan

    After a sharp setback last week, UAE stock markets are now showing high trading volumes. But some say it remains fragile, speculative and depends on a benign global backdrop.

    March 15, 2012 11:07
  • A bankable future?

    A bankable future?

    With the impending job cuts at EmiratesNBD and a less than rosier outlook for Emirates Islamic Bank, you may be persuaded to think the banking sector in the UAE is in for a toss. But you would be wrong.

    March 14, 2012 3:53
 
  • China oil demand as good as it gets – Clyde Russell

    China oil demand as good as it gets – Clyde Russell

    China's record crude imports in February are most likely as high as they will go, at least for the coming months, as rising prices, refinery maintenance and slower economic growth curb demand.

    March 12, 2012 4:23
 
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