Tuesday, 20 November 2018 19:34

The economics of the 'gilets jaunes' protests

By Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank


Summary:  Beyond the immediate anti-tax concerns, France's fuel price protests reflect a growing disconnect between urban and rural areas that could prove disastrous for Emmanuel Macron's centrist presidency.

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By Alan McIntosh, Chief Investment Strategist, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management


Global equity markets have come under pressure in the last week or so, reminding investors of the sharp, albeit short-lived, correction we saw in the early part of this year. In the week to Friday 12th October, the UK FTSE All-Share Index saw a decline of 4.4%, while the US S&P 500 Index recorded a drop of 4.1%. Markets in Asia and Europe posted similar falls. Highly rated growth stocks from US technology to UK AIM shares have fallen by even more in the latest market sell-off.

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By Vikas Panchal, Business Head at Tally Solutions in the Middle East, a leading international accounting and compliance software provider which has recently introduced Value Added Tax (VAT) software Tally.ERP 9 Release 6 to help businesses comply with VAT protocol and procedures


For many decades, the UAE and India have had very good ties, especially in trade and commerce, and the ties between the two countries have only got better with similar laws and regulations implemented by both countries. While Value Added Tax (VAT) is a thing of past in India, the UAE recently introduced the new tax regime to drive economic development of the country. 

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By Bal Krishen, CEO at Century Financial


‘Don't put all your eggs in one basket. If the handle breaks, All you got is scrambled eggs’.  Diversification is a concept understood by humans for a long time and this is probably true in all aspects of life. A farmer hedges his bets by going for multi-cropping and this helps him reduce the risks of depending on a single crop. Nowhere is the concept more relevant than in asset allocation, since this is closely related to a person’s long term financial goals.

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By Vikas Panchal, Business Head at Tally Solutions


Value-Added Tax (VAT) has been the subject of discussions, debates, reviews and opinions in 2017. The anxiety and fear that surrounded this term was not just extraneous, but placed unnecessarily. But with the onset of 2018, life moved on!

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By Aaron White, Regional Director for Sage Middle East


On 1 January 2018, value-added tax (VAT) will come into effect for the first time in United Arab Emirates. Naturally, small businesses are concerned about the financial and operational impacts of VAT compliance, especially since they’re used to operating in a low-tax business environment.

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By Michael Boye, CFA | Fixed Income at Saxo Bank

It has been almost nine years since the Great Financial Crisis erupted and forever changed the financial world as we know it. Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were among the first and most prominent casualties of the crisis, but its circles are spreading in ever-widening circles, with bank failures up to this very day.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:53

Current Market Outlook: Asian Stocks Rally

By Christopher Chu, Fund Manager – Asian equities, Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)


Global stocks rallied higher amid expectations that incoming President Trump would push infrastructure spending and cut corporate taxes in the US to drive growth. Optimism lifted the Dow Industrial Average above the 20,000 level before pulling back later amid worries that economic campaign promises may go unfulfilled. Asian equities outperformed global bourses, returning 6.2% over the month.


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