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Political Risk Analysis - Scenario: US-Russia Clash In Syria - DEC 2016

East Med October 2016 / Global / Political Risk

Direct US military intervention against the Assad regime in Syria would greatly increase the risk of a deadly clash between US and Russian forces. Although any such incidents would most likely be contained, they would send shockwaves through the international community.

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Industry Forecast - 2017 Will Mark The Worst Of The Slowdown - FEB 2017

Gulf December 2016 / Saudi Arabia / Industry

Asset growth in the Saudi Arabian banking sector will continue to slow over the coming quarters, as the economic slowdown intensifies, while the government reduces its issuance of domestic debt. This will drive interest rates down only temporarily, given that SAMA will follow the US Fed's hike in 2017.

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