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  • Saudi Arabia – Market opening and volatility - Updated Tue May 26, 2015

    Saudi Arabia’s stock market opens up to foreign investors from 15 June • We expect a gradual pick-up in inflows; the real ‘game changer’ would be MSCI-EM inclusion (likely 2017) • We lower our 2015 current account and fiscal balance forecasts for ...

  • Saudi Arabia – Markets in transformation - Updated Thu November 13, 2014

    Oil has fallen materially and Saudi markets have been more volatile, but fundamentals remain strong Saudi Arabia’s economy is growing robustly, underpinned by diversification-led investments Opening up the stock market to foreign investors support...

  • 29-Oct – SAR move overdone, retracement likely - Updated Tue October 28, 2014

    Top 3 data/events • South Korea – Industrial production expected to pick up • RBNZ likely to extend its pause, keeping rates at 3.50% • Brazil – COPOM likely to sit tight for now • Market focus • The spike in USD-SAR activity has been on outf...

  • Middle East and North Africa Focus – Adjusting to reality - Updated Wed October 9, 2013

    • Hydrocarbon-based economies are using their fiscal strength to drive near-term growth and diversify their economies to reduce long-term risks. Oil importers are constrained by high domestic subsidy bills and weak investment; this is hampering econ...

  • Local Markets Compendium 2014 - Updated Mon October 7, 2013

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the death of EM bond markets have been greatly exaggerated. Increased global allocations to local EM bond markets have been not cyclical but primarily structural in nature, reflecting these markets’ rising ec...

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