Middle East Country Risk Key Analysis

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Wave Of Consolidation Beginning

We expect the number of mergers and acquisitions in Bahrain to increase from this year onward as consolidation in the financial services and insurance industries becomes a key trend. While this will...

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Still Neutral On Levant Equities

We retain our neutral outlook on the Levant's equity markets, with neither Jordan's Amman Stock Exchange (ASE) nor Lebanon's BLOM Index showing any promise of breaking out of their sideways channels.

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Succession Risks Allayed For Now

The binding appointment of 70-year Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz as second in line to Saudi Arabia's throne resolves the critical issue of succession for the time being. The stage is now set for a...

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Regional Fixed Income Strategy

We believe that the majority of recent gains in fixed income markets in the Gulf and the Levant are now behind us, and we see little value in the majority of the region's bond markets over the rest...

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Regional Fixed Income Strategy

We believe that the majority of recent gains in fixed income markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are now behind us, and we reaffirm our neutral-bearish outlook on debt markets...

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