Interpreting Middle East Economic News and Analyzing Market Trends

Category: Saudi Arabia

The vanishing petrodollar and its implications on financial markets

 
Petrodollar

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It didn’t take long for the effects of falling oils prices to catch up with the global economy.  We’ve reported in the past how falling oil prices will expose the ‘shale revolution’ myth, and we are now starting to see shale companies file for bankruptcy (expect this trend to accelerate through the summer).  Now, however, we are starting to see the effects of vanishing petrodollars from the global financial system. The acceleration of this trend alone can spark another financial crisis.

   

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Deflation, defaults, social unrest and other ‘surprises’ waiting for us in 2015

Financial Crisis - Slideshare

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As 2014 comes to an end, we wanted to take a look back at events and trends over the past few years and give you some of our thoughts on what we expect to see in 2015.  We decided to make a list… a top 10 list of ‘surprises’ we expect to see in the coming year.  Here they are… enjoy…  

     

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Is it too late to join the IPO party?

Saudi Tadawul

Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul is the Arab world’s largest stock exchange.

 

The IPO has been set for Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank’s (NCB), the largest bank in the country and one of the largest banks in the Middle East. If all goes well, the IPO will be the second largest IPO globally for 2014 after Alibaba, which debuted last month.  Has the IPO market topped or is this market just getting warmed up?

   

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Worldwide youth unemployment stuck at record levels, outlook for the Middle East is especially poor

Youth Unemployment Global

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We reported last year on the terrible outlook for youth unemployment around the world (read the story here).  The map above is an update on this global problem.  The situation is particularly bank for the Middle East and Southern Europe.  The are no indications that this problem will go away any time soon.

 

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What’s at stake for the Middle East in Ukraine

Ukraine Farmalnd

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With the crisis in Ukraine going from bad to worse, all attention has been on the increasing tensions in the region and its effects on the Ukrainian and Russian economies.  There is a lot more at stake than these economies alone.  Take for example the Middle East; it has a lot at stake in the Ukraine than most realize.  Not much has been said about this, which needs some attention.

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