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Capital Market

IMF forecasts steeper fall in GCC countries’ 2020 GDP

November 09, 2020

What is IMF’s current outlook for GCC countries’ economy?How does it compare with IMF’s April forecast?

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Capital Market

Steep cut in project spending could depress Kuwait's oil output

November 08, 2020

What are some of the cost cutting measures taken by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation so far?What are the expenditure scenarios suggested by Public Debt Management Committee?

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Capital Market

Secular trends underline long-term growth for Islamic asset management

October 19, 2020

Sharia funds outperform due to lack of exposure to conventional banking, alcohol, gambling, tobacco, and cinema – businesses that took a big hit due to the lockdowns.

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Capital Market

Flurry of Bond issuances - How are GCC countries placed?

October 15, 2020

There has been a flurry of bond issuances by the GCC countries, so far. Could the pace of issuance continue?

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Business Sector

COVID-19 derails traditional Kuwait retailers

October 14, 2020

Has COVID-19 derailed the progress made by Kuwait's retail industry in the past few year?

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Capital Market

How deep is the impact of COVID-19 on the GCC aviation industry?

October 12, 2020

According to IATA, revenue of airlines in GCC region is expected to decline by 56% in 2020.Tech enabled processes such as self-service check-in and contactless health screening are likely to become integral part of the check-in process.

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Capital Market

Will COVID-19 increase the Cost of Capital in the GCC?

October 08, 2020

Learn how has the cost of capital progressed in the GCC over the years? What has been the impact of Covid-19? For Which GCC countries cost of capital has moved?

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Capital Market

Boursa Kuwait’s stock surges on its trading debut – Has privatization been a success?

October 08, 2020

Boursa Kuwait surges on its debut following its successful listing on the stock exchange. Could it spur further privatization and divestments?

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Business Sector

Saudi Arabia Banking Sector – The worst might not be over yet

October 05, 2020

Learn about the impact of COVID-19 on the Saudi Arabia Banks. The article delves on key challenges faced by banks and business transformation

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Others

Has Coronavirus cases peaked in the World and GCC

September 01, 2020

Almost 7 months into the pandemic has COVID-19 cases peaked in the GCC region?

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Business Sector

Online Education for School Children in the GCC

July 26, 2020

As the adoption of remote digital schooling accelerates in the GCC due to COVID-19, the need for a road map is clear.

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Capital Market

Estimating Corporate CapEx in Saudi Arabia

July 21, 2020

How has Covid-19 impacted Capex Utilization by Saudi Corporates in 2020 and the outlook for 2021?

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Capital Market

Defensive sectors in GCC-A great bet in today’s times

July 20, 2020

The 2020 stock market crash has impacted the sectors of the GCC economy in different ways. Which sectors have fallen the most during this crash? Which sectors made the most gains?

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Capital Market

How has liquidity in Saudi Tadawul fared during COVID-19?

July 14, 2020

How has liquidity in Saudi stock changed in the light of COVID-19?What factors have driven market liquidity?

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Capital Market

COVID-19 brings to the fore GCC’s Fiscal Vulnerability

July 12, 2020

What makes GCC’s fiscal position vulnerable? How have COVID-19 and the measures to contain its spread heightened the fiscal challenges faced by the GCC?

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Capital Market

COVID-19 may force GCC companies to cut dividend payout

July 09, 2020

Many GCC stock indices have high dividend payout ratios of greater than 50%.Speculation of dividend cuts triggered a sellof in Kuwaiti banks.

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Economy

COVID-19: GCC has mostly resorted to monetary measures

July 07, 2020

Amid COVID-19 GCC has mostly resorted to monetary measures to contain the virus. Strained budgetary position has led to smaller size of stimulus measures.

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Capital Market

Estimating future returns for Saudi Arabia Stock Market

July 05, 2020

The lack of future return expectations for the Tadawul index has been a hurdle for investors willing to consider Saudi stock market in their portfolio.

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Capital Market

10 million and counting: COVID -19 breaches a grim milestone

July 02, 2020

With Global COVID-19 cases exceeding higher than 10 million, how have markets reacted to it? what kind re-opening strategies are being followed by countries?

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Economy

Saudi Arabia’s move towards a cash less economy propelled by COVID-19

June 29, 2020

Will enforcement of social distancing be a near-term growth driver for cashless payments in Saudi Arabia? The ratio of POS transactions to ATM withdrawals in Saudi suggests so.

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Technology

Edtech – It’s Promise and Future

June 25, 2020

The EdTech industry is transforming traditional learning methods by blending digital capabilities and the widespread penetration of digital devices within the general population. Within the Mena region too, deals rose significantly and there is much investment interest in terms of PE and VC funding.

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