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May 17, 2020

Closely intertwined with economic growth, oil has been vulnerable to global growth outlook. The recent collapse in oil prices caused by demand destruction on account of COVID -19 was exacerbated by the OPEC+ disagreement, pushing prices down to historically low...

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May 14, 2020

Spain proposed an interesting financing mechanism, though not unprecedented, to fund the recovery measures against COVID-19 pandemic impact by issuing bonds without maturity date. The bond, popularly known as ‘perpetual’, has no set date for redemption and the government pays...

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May 11, 2020

The Current economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to impact many sectors, none more so than Banking. The Banking sector will be directly impacted by lower profitability, increased non-performing loans (NPLs), deterioration in capital adequacy etc. and...

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May 7, 2020

The economic repercussions of the impact of novel Coronavirus and the subsequent breakdown of OPEC+ supply cut agreement is unprecedented for the gulf economies. The sudden freeze in economic activity due to various measures such as travel restrictions (curbs on...

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April 19, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak in China and its spread to almost all countries of the world has profoundly affected the global economy and businesses. Many sectors of the economy have come to a complete halt and others are operating at greatly...

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April 16, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cast its shadow far and wide, businesses across sectors are likely to be negatively impacted. This has also reflected in equities, as stocks across sectors have taken a hit. Exhibit: GCC Indices and their...

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April 13, 2020

The Coronavirus has spread across the GCC countries, besides its immediate impact on the public health and the well-being of the residents and citizens, the outbreak will likely have significant economic consequences across the region. As the key economic activities...

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April 9, 2020

Stock markets around the world and the GCC have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with massive volatility, as traders have been panic selling out of fear driving the indices down. The Boursa Kuwait All Share Index (BKAT) saw huge falls...

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April 8, 2020

Markets worldwide have experienced unprecedented volatility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Though the mortality rates of those affected is much lower than that of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) or the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Coronavirus disease...

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April 7, 2020

At a time when economies worldwide have been put under stress and are contemplating the negative impact of COVID-19, the last thing they would have wanted was a price war between two of the world’s largest oil producers. Coming into...

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