Monday 31 August 2015

Lessons from oil's 'lost decade'

Saudi Arabia and its Opec allies are counting on strong growth in demand coupled with slower growth in non-Opec supply to rebalance the oil market in 2016. But the experience of the "lost decade" after prices slumped in 1986 suggests rebalancing could take longer than s


Gulf bonds lose some safe-haven pull in cheap oil era

International bonds from the Gulf's wealthy energy-exporting countries are losing some of their safe-haven status as an era of low oil prices looms. For several years, bonds from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) appeared almost immune to global instability, handi


ME boutiques seek to become fashionable M&A choice

Wealthy Gulf Arabs' love of boutiques doesn't just apply to fashion, but increasingly to their choice of financial advisers as well. Boutique advisory firms seem tailor-made for a region where personal ties are key, and where most mergers and acquisitions aren't billi


Oil slump leaves Saudi with tough choices

Low global crude prices have hit Saudi Arabia hard. With a considerable budget deficit, Saudi has been forced to begin borrowing from capital markets – $4 billion in July. The kingdom is highly reliant on oil – accounting for more than 90 per cent of budget revenues.

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