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  • Crash - there goes the carbon credit market

    Friday, 31 May 2013

    Beware of cold callers promoting carbon trading schemes or investment opportunities. 

  • International Finance Corp Plans $400 Mln SME Lending Facility in MENA

    Sunday, 26 May 2013

    International Finance Corp, a unit of the World Bank, is launching with several partners an investment facility worth up to $400 million for the Middle East and North Africa as it tries to spur lending to the region's large pool of small-and-medium-sized businesses, its chief executive said on Saturday.

    IFC will provide $150 million and the European Investment Bank is providing a similar amount, while Agence Française de Developpement and the European Commission are also contributing.

    "The biggest challenge in this region is economic growth, only with economic growth will we create jobs," said Jin-Yong Cai at the World Economic ...

  • Bubble in the stock market - maybe not

    Thursday, 23 May 2013

    Are we in a bubble or is the equity market likely to continue to rise?

  • Want to know who is buying shares and keeping the local bourses ticking over?

    Wednesday, 22 May 2013

    The Arab Spring has caused many Sovereign Wealth Fund’s to bring their focus back home.

  • On yer bike

    Wednesday, 22 May 2013

    Until now, cycling tracks have been limited to public park areas, which, while it's a great activity for the weekend, does not allow people to use their bikes as part of their everyday routine. 

  • Bridesmaids on a budget

    Tuesday, 21 May 2013

    There are hen parties to arrange, additional time off work, additional family gatherings - not to mention all the add-ons like blow dries and manicures for the actual day itself. 

  • Lock up your phones

    Monday, 13 May 2013

    Yes. The sudden realisation that these days, you really do store your life on your phone - and someone else had access to it, was quite horrible. You see, though apps have mad our lives so much easier, they have also made them less secure. You no longer need to sign in with passwords and usernames, because they are all preset for you.

  • Lovely local produce at bargain prices

    Tuesday, 7 May 2013

    While I'd always wanted to feed my growing family on entirely organic fodder, I'd long since reconciled myself to the fact that they'd just have to make do with the conventionally produced stuff. Why? Because quite frankly, going organic had proved to be heinously expensive. When your average bag of chemical-free carrots cost five times the amount of the usual bunch, one has to draw a line in the sand after all.