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Bahrain, Oman banks ‘most vulnerable to oil price fall’

Banking systems in Bahrain and Oman are more vulnerable to the recent drop in oil prices than those in the rest of GCC due to their highly oil-dependent economy where the budget breakeven price is significant, a report said. On a

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Mena sovereign ratings on the decline

The sharp drop in oil prices since mid-2014 is likely to lead to weakening economic, external and fiscal profiles for the region, particularly for the GCC, said a new analysis released by Standard & Poor’s. However, of t

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New headwinds could slow sukuk progress in 2015

The global sukuk market is heading into another solid year in 2015, even though some emerging headwinds could slow its progress compared to 2014, said Standard & Poor's in a new report. Sukuk issuance reached $116.4 billio

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S&P cuts Saudi-Oman outlook on low oil price

Standard and Poor's (S&P) has lowered the outlook for the world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia to stable from positive and its Gulf partner Oman to negative on sliding oil prices, a report said. However, the ratings a

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StanChart hit with first S&P downgrade in 20 years

Ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) cut its credit rating on Standard Chartered for the first time in 20 years on Friday, citing the "tough period" the Asia-focused bank was going through and its weaker credit-worthiness

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Jobs and skills key to beat Gulf’s oil dependency

Now that oil prices have fallen to around $80 per barrel from around $100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested. A key question for their future prosperity is: Have they

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Jobs and skills key to beat Gulf’s oil dependency

Now that oil prices have fallen to around $80 per barrel from around $100 in the past few months, the economies of the oil-exporting nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will be tested. A key question for their future prosperity is: Have they

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Islamic finance on growth track despite hiccups

The GCC Islamic Finance industry is expected to maintain its rapid growth over the coming years despite mixed results across sectors in 2014, according to Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services (S&P). The GCC Islamic Fin

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Arab Mediterranean banks facing political turmoil

Banks in the Arab Mediterranean region will continue to encounter turbulent and challenging operating conditions in 2014-2015, according to a report published by Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services. Protracted reg

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Global sukuk market set to expand in 2014

Despite some headwinds, long-term prospects for the sukuk industry remain promising as regulators continue to build and strengthen their frameworks to minimize barriers in the market and deepen liquidity, Standard & Poor's Ratings Servic

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