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GCC budget breakeven oil price creeps up

Deutsch Bank’s report evaluates budget breakeven oil price requirements of Gulf Arab producers, especially for those governments ramping up public spending.

Iraq may need to borrow to cover USD3bn budget deficit

Huge security and government wage bills have put enormous strain on Iraq’s state budget, a spokesman for the Ministry of Planning told Zawya.

N. Africa shows tentative signs of recovery

After a period of intense political disturbances, green shoots of recovery are visible in North Africa.

Mideast SWFs look within borders for opportunities

As Middle East economies grow, sovereign wealth funds are rethinking their once overseas-focused strategy.

Concerns grow over Nigeria's 'lost billions'

The country’s reputation is on the line after the central bank chief revealed the misappropriation of oil funds.

Riyadh has highest disposable income in GCC

Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest survey cites regional urban hubs that offer exceptional quality of life.

Middle East's ultra-rich population to swell 35%

The number of individuals with bulging wallets is predicted to grow as the economy expands, a survey finds.

Africa tops world's economic crime hotspots

A global survey highlights the deep-seated problem that threatens the continent’s business environment.

Fresh macro data to determine GBP/USD fate

The currency pair will face some tests as new figures are expected to come out of the UK this week, says Forex.com’s Fawad Razaqzada.

Kuwait fiscal health spurs subsidy, tax debate

Kuwait has warned that its lavish welfare system is unsustainable, but analysts say the government will face an uphill battle if it tries to implement unpopular subsidy cuts or impose taxes in the future.

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