Monthly Archives: March 2016

What SMEs really need in the UAE

The UAE’s banks showed great initiative last week when they announced they would suspend any legal action against small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) struggling to repay debt. The three month-reprieve should provide some leverage for affected businesses to catch […]

UK inflation expectation stable, uncertainty grows

A family is seen through raindrops on a window as they shelter under umbrellas during a rainstorm in London, February 16, 2015. Reuters/Neil Hall LONDON Expectations among people in Britain for inflation over the coming year remained at their highest […]

Spooked by politics, European funds cut equity holdings to near 4-yr low

Traders work at their desks in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, March 30, 2016. Reuters/Staff/Remote LONDON European funds have cut their equity exposure to its lowest since July 2012, […]

Global funds cut equity holdings to lowest in at least 5 years

People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain November 30, 2015. Reuters/Suzanne Plunkett LONDON Investors cut their holdings of stocks to the lowest in at least five years in March, despite a recovery in global […]

UK mortgage approvals edge off two-year high in February

LONDON British mortgage approvals fell last month for the first time since September but remained close to January’s two-year high, Bank of England data showed on Thursday, suggesting Britain’s housing market is still robust. The BoE figures also showed lending […]

Brexit and euro zone worries weigh on UK consumers

LONDON British consumers remain their least confident in more than a year as they worry about the country’s European Union referendum and the euro zone’s unresolved economic problems, a survey showed on Thursday. Market research firm GfK said its overall […]

New official UK house price index points to bigger past rises

Houses are seen in London October 7, 2013. Reuters/Stefan Wermuth LONDON British homeowners might be sitting on bigger increases in the value of their properties than they thought, based on a new official measure of house prices. The new index, […]

Bank of England warns on Brexit, tightens buy-to-let mortgages

A taxi and buses queue outside the Bank of England in London, Britain December 10, 2015. Reuters/Luke MacGregor LONDON Britain’s European Union referendum could push up credit costs and weaken sterling more, the Bank of England warned on Tuesday, as […]

How to implement a business plan

Writing a business plan is actually quite a daunting prospect. Most start-ups do not know where they will be in one month’s time, let alone five years. Many business plans are unrealistic, as people dream of setting up the next […]

Mind the gap: A guide to bridge financing in the Middle East

Most entrepreneurs hope that their fundraising efforts will result in a venture capital equity financing. However, it is not uncommon for companies to meet their cash flow demands by raising convertible debt prior to or between equity rounds, and many […]