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HK’s future economic role at risk amid demonstrations

HK’s future economic role at risk amid demonstrations

The mass protests in Hong Kong this week are likely to have limited short-term impact on the city’s economic outlook, and a potentially more serious one on its long-term prospects. While the demonstrations over the proposed extradition law are still at an early stage compared with the Occupy

Former PBoC head warns trade war can trigger competitive devaluation

Former PBoC head warns trade war can trigger competitive devaluation

The US-China trade war could trigger competitive currency devaluation across the globe and disrupt financial order, China’s former central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan said on Friday. The global consensus of no competitive currency depreciation could be challenged if the dispute drags on

Masraf Al Rayan stock split from today

Masraf Al Rayan stock split from today

Masraf Al Rayan has announced that its stock split will be carried out after the end of trading session today. Upon the instructions from the Qatar Financial Markets Authority, the nominal value of all listed shares on the Qatar Stock Exchange will be QR1 per share.

UDC wins 2 accolades at Arabian Property Awards

UDC wins 2 accolades at Arabian Property Awards

United Development Company (UDC) has received the “Best Mixed-Use Development Award” for The Pearl-Qatar and the “Commercial High-Rise Development Award” for the UDC Tower during the Arabian Property Awards 2019-2020.

US allows Iraq to import Iranian energy for three more months

US allows Iraq to import Iranian energy for three more months

The US has allowed Iraq to import Iranian gas for its power grid for another three months by extending a waiver to sanctions, but insists that Baghdad seek alternative sources. Iraq has had several extensions to the waiver first granted last year after Washington

Risk insurance spirals higher for Mideast tankers

Risk insurance spirals higher for Mideast tankers

Oil tanker owners face spiralling insurance costs to load cargoes from the world’s largest crude-export region after the latest round of attacks on vessels. War risk premiums that owners pay each time they go to the Gulf have now surged to at least $185,000 for supertankers

Huawei has 56,492 patents, it is not afraid to use them

Huawei has 56,492 patents, it is not afraid to use them

As Huawei Technologies Co comes under unrelenting pressure from the Trump administration, the Chinese telecom giant has one advantage that the US can’t undermine: a vast, global portfolio of patents on critical technology.

Wall Street investors set their sights on Fed interest rate cut

Wall Street investors set their sights on Fed interest rate cut

The Federal Open Market Committee meeting this week is shaping up as a pivotal one for Wall Street, with stocks primed for a selloff should the Fed fail to take an even more dovish tilt after policymakers raised expectations for a rate cut in recent weeks.

IMF proposes improvements to EU plan to develop capital market

IMF proposes improvements to EU plan to develop capital market

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has proposed that the European Union improve transparency, regulatory oversight and insolvency rules in its proposals to create a capital market system to rival the United States, a senior IMF official said.

Pound faces short-term central bank relief before Brexit pain to return

Pound faces short-term central bank relief before Brexit pain to return

The pound could get respite from Brexit if the Bank of England sounds more hawkish this week yet its longer-term prospects still look grim. Sterling was one of the worst-performing major currencies in the past week after the race to become the next UK prime minister officially kicked off.

ECB between a rock and a hard place tackling inflation: QNB

ECB between a rock and a hard place tackling inflation: QNB

The European Central Bank is between a rock and a hard place and is struggling to achieve its inflation target of less than but close to 2%, QNB has said in an economic commentary. ECB “disappointed” markets by only extending its “forward guidance” by six months

Qatar’s GDP grows to $225bn in 2018; foreign trade jumps 19% to reach $116bn: Al-Kuwari

Qatar’s GDP grows to $225bn in 2018; foreign trade jumps 19% to reach $116bn: Al-Kuwari

Over the last five years, Qatari-US bilateral trade reached $26.7bn, and 84.5% of the trade balance, the equivalent of $22.6bn, is in favour of the US.

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