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Eid ALADHA MUBARAK. China Has Amassed $1 Billion Glut of U.S. Cotton It Doesn’t Need. India’s Banks Are Racing to Lend Against a $1.5 Trillion Hoard of Gold. Children 'Will Start Dying From Hunger'.
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The Message Behind Gold’s Rally. Where to Invest $1 Million Right Now. Saudi Arabia Posts $29bn Deficit in Second Quarter as Oil Revenues Fall.
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The Gilded Era of Hedge Funds Is Over as Fees Fall. LVMH Profit Takes Hit From Store Closures, Travel Restrictions. The Case Against Emirates Etihad Merger.
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Ray Dalio Warns of U.S.-China ‘Capital War’ That Would Hit Dollar. Fed Regulator Is Fed Up With Hedge Funds’ Behaviour. Kuwait Sovereign Wealth Fund Fights Court Battle With Fired Executives.
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Top Fund Manager Hunts for Next Alibaba in Southeast Asia. Africa Starts to Have Second Thoughts About That Chinese Money. Saudi Arabia Explores Asset Sales, Income Tax to Boost Finances.
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Banks Eye Ditching Real Estate With Workers Wanting to Stay Home. U.S. And U.K. Discuss Plans for Coalition to Resist China. Etisalat Group Reports Dhs4.6bn Consolidated Net Profit for H1 2020, Up 3%
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Lebanon’s Long History with Resilience
Mouawad, the author of this paper explores what exactly is at the heart of Lebanon’s so-called resilience. Who are the main actors, who is resilient to what and by what means?
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The Rich Are Looking to Buy Access to COVID Safe Havens. Russian Elite Given Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine Since April. Dubai's Emaar Removes All Job Titles.
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Japan Starts Paying Firms to Cut Reliance on Chinese Factories. Why the Regional Fintech Ecosystem Is Booming. Sheikh Hamdan Reveals Best and Worst Dubai Government Entities to Work.
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Professor Whose Formula Predicts Bankruptcies Has a Big Warning. Hottest New Fuel Proves Hard to Handle. UAE Corporate Scandals Require a Clean-Up.
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China Calls U.K. Ban on Huawei ‘Disappointing and Wrong’. MONETIZATION OF UK OPEN BANKING. Why the Hydrogen Boom Is Good News for Natural Gas.
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Tesla Scrutinized by German Court Over How Autopilot. Huawei Sales Rebound Despite U.S. Efforts. Post Crisis: New Trends will Lead Future for Oil & Gas Global Investments
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The World Is Drinking Less Coffee. U.S. Targets French Luxury, Beauty Giants in Tariff Retaliation. Middle Eastern Markets Climb With Oil, Stimulus Eyed.
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The Hottest Hedge-Fund Strategy Faces an Existential Crisis. TikTok Takes on Crypto With Dogecoin. Arabic Audiobook Startup Kitab Sawti Gets Acquired by Storytel.
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How companies can protect their reputation during a pandemic. UAE- Deloitte: Should GCC Countries Re-Calibrate Their Strategies? Revealed: Full list of destinations as UAE's Emirates, Etihad, flydubai
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Buffett Sticks to Comfort Zones With His Dominion Energy Deal. Banks Are Ditching London Offices and Not Just Because of Covid-19. Abu Dhabi's MidChains Secures Funding From Mubadala.
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Generation Z Is Bearing the Economic Brunt of the Coronavirus. Dubai's PlayDate Raises $250,000. Train Linking Gulf States to Start Running in 2023.
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Can BNP Paribas beat the investment banking jinx?. There are only two types of investors. China’s Innoway to set up an office in DMCC to spur Dubai’s tech startup ecosystem.
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A summary of the proposed capital control law for Lebanon
The capital control law draft plan is divided into 13 articles. They are below...
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Video - Why Asia’s online lenders are in trouble.Dubai's GDP declines by 3.5% in Q1 2020; real estate, finance retain growth. Four Charts That Show Copper’s Comeback Has Room to Roll On.
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A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media, Gilead Chooses Middle Ground in Pricing of Its Coronavirus Drug, Lebanon’s Team of IMF Negotiators Loses Another Key Official.
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Amazon Spends a Billion on Zoox to Enter the Self-Driving Car Battle by media.thinknum.com Zoox is from California, it was founded in 2014 “with the vision of purpose-built, zero-emissions vehicles”, Imagining the goal for Amazon long term is easy: they want to be able to ship anything to anyone anywhere, and...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF IMF Projects Deeper Global Recession on Growing Virus Threat by bloomberg.com The fund said Wednesday it now expects global gross domestic product to shrink 4.9% this year, more than the 3% predicted in April. For 2021, the fund sees growth of 5.4%, down from 5.8%. “A high degree of uncertainty surrounds...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Mnuchin Says Stimulus May Pass Congress in July to Boost Economy by bloomberg.com The Trump administration has privately discussed a $1 trillion measure as a way to stimulate jobs growth after the Covid-19 pandemic. Mnuchin reiterated that he and the president are not inclined to shut down the economy a second...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Trump Moves to Temporarily Suspend New H-1b, Other Visas Amid Covid-19 Pandemic by wsj.com The restrictions, which are set to take effect June 24. The order is likely to be challenged in court by business groups. In addition to the H-1B visa, the temporary ban will apply to new H-2B visas,...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF China Investor Buys Dirt Cheap Bank Stocks Nobody Else Wants by bloomberg.com China’s biggest listed lenders have seen their shares sink by 13% in 2020. Zhou via phone from his office in Shanghai said: “The return on equity is relatively high while operating costs of Chinese banks are low compared with...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Big Banks Are Finally Hiring Again With Coders in Demand by bloomberg.com Asia has emerged faster from the months-long lockdown, giving room for lenders in the region to step up recruiting. “While other hiring can wait, tech is not just something that you can pull the plug on. The systems need...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Hedge Funds Raise Short Bets Against UK Companies by ft.com The number of net short positions — bets on stocks declining — reached 1,569 between January 2 and May 25, an increase of 25 per cent on the same period last year, according to an analysis of data reported to the...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF The Pandemic Has Everyone Ditching Coal Quicker Except Asia The future of coal depends on Asian demand, which is still growing, and is offsetting the decline from the rest of the world over the next decade,” said Shirley Zhang, an analyst at Wood Mackenzie Ltd. Asia’’s share in total global coal...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Nissan Email Trail Casts New Light on Takedown of Carlos Ghosn There’s some evidence to support Carlos Ghosn’s claim. According to people familiar with what happened and previously unreported internal correspondence. Nada wrote in mid-2018 to Hitoshi Kawaguchi, a senior manager at Nissan responsible for government relations, according to the correspondence....
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Bad Things Happen When Finance Front-Runs the Economy by ft.com Let us start with how we got to the great disconnect between economic and corporate fundamentals and appetites for risk, on the part of both providers and users of debt financing. As the private sector went into a disorderly mode of...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF World Bank Sees EM Economies Shrinking for First Time Since 1960 The global economy will contract the most since World War II this year and emerging nations’ output will shrink for the first time in at least six decades due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reducing incomes and sending millions of people...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Can the U.S. End China™’s Control of the Global Supply Chain The pandemic has politicians vowing to take action. The Trump administration has talked about bringing supply chains home from China, and even publicly floated the need for a group of friendly nations in Asia that could help produce essential goods....
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Big Pharma Looks Beyond COVID With AstraZeneca Eyeing Gilead AstraZeneca Plc, co-developer of one of the fastest-moving experimental coronavirus vaccines, has made a preliminary approach to Gilead Sciences Inc., maker of the only U.S.-approved treatment, according to people familiar with the matter. Gilead was worth $96 billion at Friday’s close, while...
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IMF and Lebanon: A Comparative Analysis of IMF Experiences
I decided to look at certain other countries where the IMF has been running their programmes. Before we go on to the successful IMF programmes, I would like to highlight the disastrous ones.
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China Is Getting Its Hooks Deeper Into Middle East Oil Supplies, Blackstone’s property arm assets swell to €250bn, Businesses that can operate as Dubai eases Covid-19 restrictions
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Wall Street strategists say dollar could be set for ‘dramatic’ falls Strategists at banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan have turned bearish on the US dollar. On Tuesday the trade-weighted dollar slipped to its weakest level since mid-March, continuing a five-day streak of losses. Goldman, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Citigroup have...
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China’s Digital Currency Could Challenge Bitcoin, Putin and Trump Discussed OPEC+ Deal, Oil Market Recovery, Saudi Arabia to Inject Over $13bn Into Banking System to Boost Liquidity
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World Finance News Brief Swiss Debate on Corporate Liability Comes to Head via Ft.com Some of the world’s biggest companies, from Nestlé to Glencore, face the prospect of tougher ethical regulations in Switzerland, as a four-year debate over business practices comes to a head in parliament this week. Critics say the proposed legal changes would impose...
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World Finance News Don’€™t Expect a Quick Recovery – Our Survey of Economists Says It Will Likely Take Years.  How long will we be stuck with a double-digit unemployment rate and a host of other historically bad economic indicators? d the panel questions like what the shape of the recovery will resemble, when the gross...
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World Finance News Brief Macron Pledges Additional Stimulus to Help French Carmakers The plan includes incentives for the purchase of electric cars, cash-for-clunkers to encourage consumers to trade in older, more polluting cars and subsidies for struggling car-parts makers. The total of roughly 8 billion euros ($9 billion) also includes state-backed loans such as 5...
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WORLD FINANCE NEWS BRIEF Rich Chinese Snapping Up Luxury Homes From Singapore to Sydney Rich Chinese investors are finding luxury real estate is a good hiding place from the economic fallout of the coronavirus. Across China and in some of their familiar hunting grounds in Asia, wealthy buyers are snapping up top-end housing, in many...
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World Finance News Asia’s Rich Brush Aside Risk to Snatch Up Chinese Developer Debt Lockdowns across Asia’s largest economy have forced more than 100 builders into bankruptcy and the swelling ranks of the unemployed are a continuing threat for the indebted sector. Still, there’s the confidence that Beijing won’t allow a property collapse at a...
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Macro-Finance: What Is It? & How Does It Work?
Macro-Economic Instability in Lebanon – Reviewing the Causes:
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How Did We Get Here - Haircut Part Two
30 Years at a Glance: The Recent Economic History of Lebanon The current economic situation in Lebanon is – either directly or indirectly – a cumulative result of the previous strategies, policies, and events. Understanding the factors which led to the proposition of the Haircut in Lebanon necessitates looking back at the last 30 years...
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د. عطية المعلم بداية "اليوروبوندز" هي سندات دين بغير العملة المحلية للدولة المصدرة لها. وقد ظهر هذا المصطلح للمرة الأولى خلال الحرب العالمية الثانية، حين اضطرت أوروبا للاستدانة من الولايات المتحدة بالدولار لتمويل إعمار ما خلفته الحرب. وعادة أسعار هذه السندات تثبت أو تنخفض حسب مؤشر مخاطر وتصنيف البلد المصدّر، على أن تدفع عند الإستحقاق...
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What is a haircut?
If an asset – such as holdings of a particular government bond – is worth USD 1 million but is given a haircut of 20%, it means it is treated as though it has a value of only USD0.8 million or even a deposit.
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Lebanese Diaspora Energy - Together for a better tomorrow
Standing together and holding on to each other with support and love is what Lebanese people have proudly done across the globe for decades. As we all go through these hard times, we must, more than ever, show solidarity and support.
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Coronavirus outbreak in Lebanon - a crisis within a crisis
This Health crisis started within the fallout of the economic sector which was creating a whole fiscal crisis, hence now we are having multiple impacts related to the same:
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Dr Atie discusses Eurobonds and Economy on Loubnan Al Yawm
Indeed, our government did not begin implementation and simply waited until now. We’re always consulting McKinsey as well as other national experts. And what’s striking is that if we look more closely at these companies, we’d notice that they are all led by Lebanese individuals whose expertise we never benefited from.
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