Complex Made Simple


  • Has the MSM left the bottom?

    July 8, 2001

    The MSM is up more than seven per cent in the past month from its all-time low. Perhaps the worst is over, and an incredibly […]
  • Has the UAE bourse touched bottom?

    June 30, 2001

    The clumsy stock market launch of Mashreqbank pushed the UAE stock market to a three-year low last week. Surely this is quite ridiculous given the […]
  • The dawn of the gas economy

    June 30, 2001

    Oil, gas or solar energy, the Gulf has plentiful supplies of all. But with the turn of the century the focus is shifting to gas […]
  • Oil and budget deficits from NBK

    June 20, 2001

    The National Bank of Kuwait explains why it is now budgeting for a higher than expected oil price in 2001. But this may not automatically […]
  • Saudi stocks highest-ever close

    June 17, 2001

    The Saudi bourse is at a record high with economic prospects now looking very good for the Kingdom as big foreign investments compound the effect […]
  • Smart sanctions will hit Jordan

    June 14, 2001

    The imminent lifting of civilian trade sanctions against Iraq will have a negative impact on neighbouring Jordan, which will loose its cheap energy supply.
  • Kuwait powers past 1,600 barrier

    June 9, 2001

    Kuwait continues to be the only Gulf stock market responding rationally to high oil prices, and its MTC share issue should be easily absorbed next […]
  • The NBK Economic Review

    June 3, 2001

    The latest economic review from the National Bank of Kuwait provides an interesting insight into the structural dynamics of this leading oil economy.
  • Qatar shares in bull run

    May 20, 2001

    The tiny Doha Securities Market is enjoying better times with shares up 15 per cent this year. Is this more than a flash of life […]
  • Saudi reforms hold key to Mid East boom

    May 13, 2001

    Could the Saudi Arabian economic reform process spark another Middle East boom? Combined with high oil prices this must be a distinct possibility.
  • Oman’s MSM in a bear squeeze

    April 22, 2001

    Oman's stock market is one of the oldest in the GCC, and also the most recent to crash badly. In 1998 the MSM fell flat […]
  • MTC a red rag to Kuwait bulls

    April 22, 2001

    The sell off of Kuwait's leading mobile phone operator could be a signal that the local bourse is heading for a bull run. The KSE […]
  • Bahrain remains a screaming buy

    April 21, 2001

    Eight months ago Taib Securities published a report recommending Bahrain Stock Exchange as a buy with market valuations at rock bottom. Then the BSE Index […]
  • Time to buy UAE stocks?

    April 19, 2001

    The general manager of Emirates Financial Services talked to about why he is cautiously optimistic about the outlook for the long-depressed UAE stock market.
  • The Kuwait economic enigma

    April 18, 2001

    Kuwait has seen oil revenues boom, but its domestic economy is in a mess. The National Bank of Kuwait's latest report supplies a few clues […]
  • Q1 in the Middle East

    April 1, 2001

    If Middle East companies were about to make Q1 statements what would they be telling shareholders? Indeed, is it not about time some of them […]
  • B2B Tomorrow: Beyond Exchanges

    March 24, 2001

    Take your corporate inventories, your capabilities, your supply chain needs, your anticipated prices-assemble, in other words, a fairly intimate picture of how you intend to […]
  • E-Government, Private Information -Secure Solutions

    March 10, 2001

    Employees, citizens, businesses, and government organizations at all levels - local, regional, national - are continually pressured to be more accountable, more efficient, more productive, […]
  • Is Emaar Properties a buy?

    February 28, 2001

    HSBC Investment Bank reckons Dubai's leading property developer is a steal at current prices, and so do nationals. What then is holding Emaar Properties share […]
  • Saudi outlook from SAMBA

    January 9, 2001

    The Saudi Government has produced a fairly sober budget for 2001 with spending set to rise by six per cent, and the latest economic report […]