Wednesday 13 December 2017

GCC downstream to see medium-term volatility: study

The GCC refining market is expected to remain volatile in the medium term, with significant uncertainties on the demand side, mainly linked to the economic growth prospects of the US, Europe and China, a report said. In the longer term, several trends are expected to have a poten


2018 hot consumer trends: Technology turns human

Body language, facial expression and intonation will augment voice and touch to control consumer interaction with tech devices, easing adaption in an ever-increasing pace of technological change, said Ericsson in a new report. Exploring the future from an early adopter user persp


Global unrest weighing down majority: Ford

People worldwide feel increasingly polarised by cultural and societal changes and more than 60 per cent of adults globally say they feel overwhelmed by unrest in the world, a report said. To better understand these and other consumer realities, the “2018 Looking Further wit


Brightening outlook for GCC countries: UBS

The economic outlook in 2018 for the GCC countries is brightening despite oil prices, which have recovered since June, expected to trend sideways next year, said Swiss-based financial solutions company UBS. Further reforms are needed to diversify GCC members' economies and at


Robust global demand for oil in 2018: Report

Next year likely will see global oil demand expand again by 1.5 million barrels per day and US supply rise by 870,000 barrels per day – although Opec likely will at best maintain the cuts implemented in 2017, resulting in a balanced market, a report said. On these assumptio


2018 will be a roller coaster ride: Saxo Bank

Saxo Bank, the online multi-asset trading and investment specialist, has today released its 10 'Outrageous Predictions' for 2018 focusing on a series of unlikely but underappreciated events which, if they were to occur, could send shockwaves across financial markets. Whil


Macro outlook bullish for 2018: BofA Merrill Lynch

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research has issued a bullish macro outlook for 2018, calling for robust global economic growth, steady US expansion and solid stock returns that peak in the first half of the year. However, it warns of signs that the long bull market run is nearing the


5 ways a mesh system delivers wi-fi for the house

These days the average person uses several different devices that can put a strain on home wi-fi systems. While you’re watching your favourite series on your 4K HDTV, the kids are in another room battling it out with a gaming marathon and your spouse is working on the laptop.


Leverage flash storage to accelerate digitalisation

It’s difficult to think of a force that’s having a more revolutionary impact on the service industry, particularly banking, healthcare, insurance and retail, than digitalisation. It’s materially changing everything in this sector: the way processes work; the way services are o


Horizon scanning in EMEA for 2018 and beyond

This time of the year is always a chance for a little reflection on the past twelve months, and– perhaps more importantly –what is likely to happen next. I remember, not so many years ago, being involved in a number of horizon-scanning initiatives that would look five or 10 years ou

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