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  • Fiscal Deficit Overview in the GCC

    A sustained slump in oil prices has eaten into the fiscal buffers that GCC countries built up over years of plentiful oil revenues.

    While the region witnessed an acute deterioration in its external and fiscal balances over the past three years, GCC countries anticipate a relatively lower fiscal deficit in 2017 as compared to the previous year, likely due to a series of reforms within the region as well as a rally in oil prices due to production cuts. 

  • Expect Sturdy Growth in the GCC’s Education Sector

    Most oil-exporting Arab states face the analogous challenges of fostering inclusive growth and creating job opportunities. The present slump in oil prices has exacerbated these challenges. Given the facts, economic diversification could be a viable option to boost growth, create jobs, and improve resilience to oil price volatility in the long run.

    This won’t be possible, however, unless the GCC’s education sector can gear up to give their students a fighting chance on a global playground.

  • GCC Infrastructure & Construction: Impact of COVID–19

    Amongst the GCC nations, Saudi Arabia and the UAE account for nearly 2/3rd of the construction & infrastructure projects planned in the GCC region. With some of the mega infrastructure projects mainly driven by government, the unprecedented decline in oil prices due to COVID-19 will make a huge dent in government’s revenue streams indirectly cutting back spends on infrastructure projects. While construction sector in the GCC witnessed a slowdown in 2020, the strong pipeline of projects across the region and the governments’ focus on diversification towards non-oil sectors will drive the revival in construction post 2020.

  • How has COVID-19 Impacted the GCC Auto Sector

    Historically low oil prices and decreased demand in the aftermath of COVID-19 – a double whammy for the GCC economy – have severely impacted all sectors in the region, including auto industry. Along with low unit sales, traffic on roads has decreased amid the crisis. However, certain growth opportunities are emerging even during the tough times. Additionally, some countermeasures can be taken to help the sector ride out the challenging environment.

  • Surge in GCC sovereign bond issuances at attractive yields: Buyers underpricing risk?

    Multibillion-dollar bond issuances in April 2020 by three Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia – have galvanized the fixed income market, especially the emerging economies segment. The attractive yields offered prompted fixed income investors to submit bids exceeding the issue size. However, the region is reeling under the impact of the slump in oil market, besides the economic fallout of COVID-19-induced lockdowns. Therefore, the question arises would the yields adequately compensate for the risks.

  • Hydroponics: Pathway to food sustainability in GCC offers growth opportunities for American and European technology suppliers

    Food sustainability has become a top priority for GCC countries as rising food imports, coupled with unfavorable climatic conditions, are forcing governments to adopt unconventional farming techniques. Hydroponics is one such technique which can solve food security problems in GCC countries. In recent years, government and private investments in vertical farming in the region have increased. In this article, we provide insights on current and planned hydroponics projects in the region and possible investment opportunities in vertical farming.

  • GCC 2020 expansionary budgets under threat from oil price slump due to Covid-19 spread

    Oil prices have been declining over the past two months following the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China, which is now spreading globally. The spreading of the disease is expected to have a substantial effect on global GDP and oil prices. The persistent weakness in oil prices is worrisome mainly for the GCC region as oil is the major source of revenue. Gulf countries have already announced their budgets for 2020, assuming oil price at USD55–60 per barrel. With oil prices currently way below the GCC governments’ estimation, the deficits of these countries could widen toward the end of 2020. However, the constant efforts of GCC countries to diversify their economy towards the non-oil sector over the past many years would provide some cushion in this challenging environment.

  • Inclusion in MSCI EM Index Fuelling Bullish Sentiments for the Saudi Stock Exchange

    The prospect of inclusion in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) is fuelling bullish sentiments for the TASI, which could sustain well into the next three years. 

  • Saudi Arabia Budget 2017 — Expect Aggressive Deficit Reduction

    If its budget is anything to go by, Saudi Arabia sees 2017 as a glass half full.
    Assuming that global oil prices rise and they manage fiscal fine-tuning effectively, can Saudi Arabia lower deficits without raising debt?

  • Saudi Labour Market Challenges

    In an effort to reduce unemployment, improve domestic workforce capabilities and participation, as well as boost productivity among SMEs and private sector players, Saudi Arabia is undergoing significant reforms as part of its shift toward a non-oil economy.

    This transformation will be some time in the making however, as the Kingdom has to overcome several challenges such as social dynamics of the labour market, wage disparity between Saudi nationals and migrant labourers, as well as an excessive dependence on foreign labour.

  • OPEC Expects an Equilibrium in the Global Oil Demand-Supply Equation

    Although oil prices remain volatile, the anticipation of improving global economic climes coupled with a 0.6 mn bpd cut in production by non-OPEC oil-producing countries could cushion oil prices in 2017.

  • Will the oil market plunge sink all producers?

    The bloodbath witnessed by the crude oil market on the weekend of March 08, a ‘seismic’ event of sorts, saw oil prices nosedive to record lows. First, on Friday, March 6, news came in that talks between OPEC and select non-OPEC countries led by Russia for the extension of production cuts had collapsed; this implied that all producers would be free from April 1 to pump as much oil as they could. The likely result would be an oversupply in a market already grappling with slowdown in demand following the outbreak of coronavirus. Second, on Saturday, March 7, there was news of Saudi Arabia offering discounted prices to customers in line with its aggressive strategy to increase market share. This could potentially prompt producers across markets to cut prices in their bid to garner a bigger share. The overall impact was a mayhem in oil prices that led major research houses to substantially revise price targets downward. The developments may have far reaching negative impact, albeit in varying degrees, on all oil producers, from GCC countries to Russia to US shale oil producers.

  • Dubai – A Rising Star of Medical Tourism

    A number of significant investments as well as several favorable factors have made Dubai a medical tourism hotspot in the GCC region.

  • Investing in Saudi’s Consumer Staples

    Consumer Staples, prized for their slow but steady growth in investment portfolios, are generating higher alpha than ever before.

    They’ve not only been more resilient to the usual market headwinds but also have tremendous potential to grow, bolstered by technological disruptors and a growing consumer base among the world’s emerging market middle class.

  • Will Saudi Arabia and Russia agree on production cuts to save oil market?

    Oil prices are gyrating due to the delay in Saudi Arabia and Russia reaching an agreement on cutting production. In a hostile environment, amid oversupply and falling demand, oil prices have become extremely volatile. Due to the pandemic and resultant shutdowns, demand has taken a hit, but market conditions for oil were challenging even in pre-COVID-19 days. With no respite from lockdowns in near future, oil storage facilities may reach capacity soon and logistics would become expensive for producers. Prospects, therefore, hinge on Russia and Saudi Arabia reaching an agreement soon. Expect prices to remain skewed downwards for some more time.

  • Kuwait Inflation Is at Its Lowest Since March 2004

    Kuwait’s consumer inflation declined to 0.5% YoY in September 2017 following a 1.2% YoY gain in August, according to Kuwait’s Central Statistical Bureau. This was the lowest inflation since March 2004. 

  • 3 Consumer Staples Stocks You Need To Get In On

    Consumer Staples, prized for their slow but steady growth in investment portfolios, are generating higher alpha than ever before.

    They’ve not only been more resilient to the usual market headwinds but also have tremendous potential to grow, bolstered by technological disruptors and a growing consumer base among the world’s emerging market middle class.

  • Will Indian Generics Makers Target Niche Pharma Markets in the US?

    With growing interest in low-cost healthcare options, the US pharma market could be a more lucrative opportunity than their domestic markets for Indian generic drug makers.

  • Regime Based Asset Allocation (RBAA) — Let the Data Talk

    The growth of multi-asset portfolios in recent years has created a need to look beyond traditional asset allocation strategies. Different economic regimes produce significant impact on various asset returns and risks, albeit at varying degrees.

    Dynamically rebalanced asset classes have an established track record of increasing returns while reducing risk. A formal regime based asset allocation strategy could therefore be the optimal option for investors banking on multiple investment possibilities.

  • The US IPO Market is on an Upswing in 2017

    While the number of IPOs in the US decreased from 275 in 2014 to 105 in 2016, the US IPO market has rebounded in 1H2017. The rebound can be attributed to a backdrop of stable economic indicators, strong job growth & improved corporate earnings, all of which should make for low market volatility in the coming quarters.

  • 7 Factors That Are Holding Back China’s Shale Gas Revolution

    China’s aim to replicate the US shale gas revolution by 2020 has been stalled owing to multiple market, economic, and technological challenges.

  • US Equities Rally — Is There an End ‘Round the Bend?

    An economic slowdown, while worrisome for investors, is not as concerning as the basis on which market valuations seem to have been pegged. 

  • 8 Things to Look for in a Good Research Partner

    If you're in business, you're at war.

    Odds are you’re also trying to run a lean business, which means you've not got enough manpower to chuck into the trenches.

    When it comes to gathering critical information about the markets, the competitors, or even the feasibility of key business decisions; most firms operating out there have in-house research experts that are a jack of all trades, but masters of none. And this might work in few cases.

    Sometimes though, and this definitely sneaks up on the weary that aren’t wary, you’ll need to spring a little extra for situations that call for specific expertise.

    Your first big decision is whether you want to tackle this internally, or hire a Research Partner. 

  • Innovative Plastics & Polymer Additives for Smart Packaging

    The smart packaging market is gaining traction, especially among sectors such as food and pharma, and is likely to boom in the coming years. 

  • Four Technological Advancements That Could Change the Medical Tourism Landscape as We Know It

    The next wave of medical tourism growth will be assisted by superior technological systems and services.

  • Commercialization of Nano-additives — Labs to Market

    Through the application of nanotechnology, existing products such as fuel, cement, or food can be manipulated on an atomic, molecular, or supramolecular scale by means of nano-additives/nano-fillers so as to enhance their physical or chemical properties. 

  • Why Tech Watch Should Be a Part of Your Competitive Intelligence (CI) Strategy

    “Opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.”

    ― Andy Rooney

  • QFI Trading at TASI: Trends and Analysis

    Saudi Arabia opened its capital markets in June 2015 in a bid to attract foreign investments. The move allows foreign institutions to directly invest in shares listed on the Saudi stock exchange after obtaining a Qualified Foreign Investor (QFI) status from the Capital Markets Authority (CMA).

  • Are Global Equity Markets Riding on Select Stocks' Coat-tails?

    Global equity markets have defied the overall negative economic trends over the past six months and have continued to rise. However, a closer look reveals that this recovery is mainly due to an increase in stocks of select companies in just few sectors, led by IT, and not broad based. Several industries are badly hit, and their stocks would continue to exert downward pressure on indices till the onset of economic recovery. As economies recover unevenly from the COVID-19 crisis, the ongoing US House antitrust hearing on tech stocks and any possible action against tech companies may create short-term pressure on these stocks, and consequently, broader indices.

  • Saudi Arabia’s "Vision 2030" to Transform its Economy

    The oil-dependent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has a long-term blueprint to transform itself into a more diversified economy, with non-oil government revenues projected to increase six-fold to SAR1tn by 2030.
    It’s an ambitious dream to transform an economy that relies on crude oil exports for more than 70% of government revenues.
    Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s 15-year economic plan is the boldest attempt yet in the Kingdom’s history to spur additional revenue streams amid a steep fall in commodity prices.


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  • GCC: The Age of Digitalization is Here

    This report delves into digitalization initiatives in the GCC region aimed at improving its digital competitiveness. High competitiveness would enable GCC countries to diversify into new markets, increase industrial efficiency and productivity. Governments in these countries are implementing programs to fast track development. These efforts have prompted businesses to focus on digital transformation. Besides touching upon programs, the report highlights focus areas for stakeholders that are crucial to continue with modernization.

  • Expected Impact of U.S. Monetary Policy Tightening on GCC Banks

    The US Federal Reserve is on track to change its monetary policy stance with start of asset purchase taper expected in Q4 2021 and rate hikes starting in 2022/2023. The central banks of GCC countries mostly follow changes in the US Federal Reserve Rate, considering the pegged exchange rate regimes. The last time such rate hike cycle was followed (2015-2019), there were specific set of winners in terms of GCC banks, who witnessed substantial rise in their market capitalization. We conducted a detailed analysis to study how changes in the US monetary policy affects the profitability of GCC banks over the past 13 years (quarterly intervals). The study, conducted using statistical tools such as correlation between policy rates and net interest margins (NIMs) revealed interesting findings. The US Fed is clearly on track to start raising rates sooner rather than later, and we expect GCC central banks to follow suit, thus creating the grounds for changes in GCC banks' profitability trends, with Saudi Arabian banks likely to emerge winners among GCC banks.

  • US Junk Bond Market 2020: The Issuance Frenzy and What Lies Ahead

    The year 2020 kicked off with equity markets soaring and high yield (HY) spreads at historic tights. However, the coronavirus pandemic spread globally, sending out one of the strongest exogenous shocks in history. Companies, hit by the lockdown, initially tapped the HY market to shore up cash reserves, extend maturities and preserve liquidity. However, strong support from governments and central banks turned the HY market in favor of issuers. As the market started to stabilize and the economy began to recover, companies took advantage of low interest rates and refinanced outstanding shorter-term and variable-rate debt on better terms. Consequently, HY issuance surged to record highs, which increased the leverage on balance sheets. Therefore, it is critical that the operating performance and cash flows of highly leveraged companies improve, as they need to service their debt obligations. If recovery is non-secular and patchy, default rates may be high in the near term.

  • The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT)

    A healthcare application of IoT technologies, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) represents a new era of personalized healthcare and better living standards the world over.

    IoMT will enable machine to machine interaction, data-driven treatment, devices tailored to individual requirements, as well as intervention solutions that could enable real-time response from remote locations, allowing healthcare providers to save lives now more than ever before.

  • Is the Center of Steel Production Shifting Again?

    A combination of several factors has resulted in developing countries like China and India replacing traditional steel-producing countries such as the US, Japan, and Germany over the past few years.  There's another shift afoot, however, and new global centers of steel production are likely to emerge before long.

  • Solar Energy Sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    The demand for electricity in Saudi Arabia is growing at a rate of 7% per year, pushed largely by a growing population. Current capacity stands at 66 GW, which is expected to double by 2030.

    One of the largest producers of oil in the world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also the world’s sixth largest consumer of oil. 

    The domestic consumption of oil has increased at an alarming rate of 4-6%, nearly twice the rate of population growth. Demand from residential as well as commercial customers has been steadily increasing, boosted by a rapid growth in both population and industry. The global leader in crude oil exports also burns more oil than any other country to generate electricity, spending nearly $16bn every year just to cope with local electricity demand.

    If these trends continue, domestic consumption could eat into Saudi oil exports and render the Kingdom a net oil importer by 2038.

    The shape of things to come has made the Saudi government keen to explore alternative sources of electricity production.

    Solar Energy is expected to get a huge boost in the coming years taking into account environmental and health effects, the economics of solar energy, the geographical location of solar power plants, and load forecasting in Saudi Arabia.