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If Saudi Future's So Bright, Why Can't These Banks Find Buyers? (Vivian Nereim & Matthew Margin - Bloomberg - 24/04/2017)

Saudi Arabia is about to cast off its oil-dependence, build brand-new industries and open its economy to foreign investment, according to the government. That might make it a good time to buy into a Saudi bank. And substantial stakes in two of them are...

Shale's the Wild Horse OPEC Can't Tame (By Julian Lee - Bloomberg - 23/04/2017)

It was all so simple. By lifting restraints on output, Saudi Arabia would stop subsidizing high-cost oil producers and halt the rapid rise in U.S. production that was eating into OPEC's market share. At least, that was the logic back in November 2014.But...

Saudi Arabia must push to diversify energy resources (Saleh Fareed - Saudi Gazette - 17/04/2017)

As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that take place over the next years, Saudi Arabia must look at its current energy policy to diversify its energy sources inclusive of cleaner energy sources such that of sun light and wind...

Market analysis: In time, new bankruptcy law will benefit UAE capital markets (Anita Yadav - The National - 17/04/2017)

Consider these facts: the size of the UAE capital markets is about US$327 billion. This consists of $129bn spread across 191 issues in the public bond market, $103bn across 472 loan tranches in the syndicated loan market and about $95bn across 97 stocks...

Oil price slump could rock bond markets (Simon Fasdal - Trade Arabia - 17/04/2017)

This could be a quarter that sees relative stability in global bond markets but a dive in the oil price or geopolitical risk could be the rock on which the steady ship founders. Entering springtime and summer always brings in a certain kind of optimism,...

GCC sovereign issues continue to drive region's bond market (Dr R. Seetharaman - Khaleej Times - 16/04/2017)

International bond issuances had exceeded $1.25 trillion this year. Some of the major issues came from the European Investment Bank, Germany and France. In 2016, it was close to $4 trillion. The US 10-year yield is at 2.4 per cent and had surged after...

Private projects to keep construction humming in Oman (Oxford Business Group - 05/04/2017)

Increased private sector participation in Oman’s project pipeline, and draft bills to ease workforce restrictions and allow 100% foreign ownership, look set to help drive continued expansion in the country’s construction sector over the medium to long...

Kuwait needs to make a move on economic reforms (Dr Mohammad Al Asoomi - Gulf News - 01/03/2017)

Two groundbreaking announcements were recently made in Kuwait — the first being the government’s launch of the “Kuwait Vision 2035”, which involves approaches that would, if implemented, bring about diversification of the economy, new job opportunities...

Why have shareholding companies sustained losses? (Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi - Saudi Gazette - 01/02/2017)

Okaz daily recently carried a report by Abdulrahman Al-Sabahi discussing the reasons why several shareholding companies have sustained losses. Al-Sabahi interviewed a number of economic analysts and people who trade in the Saudi Stock Exchange. Different...

GCC budgets to resume spending and plug gaps with bond sales (Mohammed Al Hashemi - The National - 01/02/2017)

Following two years of relative belt-tightening, Arabian Gulf governments have announced increased budgets for 2017 that are likely to boost spending in health care, education and infrastructure and create investment opportunities in these sectors....

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