Four Cognitive Biases That May be Affecting Your Portfolio

Being a successful investor takes a great deal of skill and knowledge. Hours of studying, insight and initiative are needed to be able to consistently make high (or better yet market-beating) returns on your savings. However, perhaps the most important aspect of all is to do with our psychology! Benjamin Graham, the ‘father’ of value…

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March 18, 2018 Economics
Toys ‘R’ Us closing down. How is Online Commerce Killing the High Street?

Traditionally, bricks and mortar retail stores have been synonymous with the way we choose to shop. However, as E-Commerce rises in popularity, there is growing uncertainty over what the high street will look like; let’s say in the next ten years or so. The bitter truth is, the future looks bleak for the high street…

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October 2, 2017 Economics
With the Oil Price Across the World Still Suppressed, What Impact Has This Had on the Global Economy, and More Specifically, the UAE

Since 2014, fluctuating oil prices have contributed to recessions and economic instability.  Dropping 70% from 2014 to 2016, the historic lows suggest that the global economy is in unchartered territory. Fortunately, we have recently seen small signs of recovery, with the oil price at the time of writing (September 2017) around $50 to the barrel….

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October 2, 2017 Market UpdateEconomics
Construction in Dubai, and its Effect on Property Prices

With construction still rife in Dubai, there certainly seems to be a substantial increase in the supply of property. You would expect that demand would closely match this, as in recent years there has been a steady annual population growth of around 6%. Unfortunately, demand isn’t following suit – causing a large decrease in house…

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August 16, 2016 Market UpdateEconomics
Luxury Home Rental Income On The Slide

  Rents for prime residential property across the world has dropped for the third quarter in a row, according to the latest data. A survey by international property firm Knight Frank scrutinised rents in 17 major cities and found that they decreased by 0.5% in the first three months of this year.  Only six of…

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Gulf states set date for introducing VAT

  The Gulf States have finally succumbed to raising taxes in a bid to repair their oil-ravaged finances. The six nations have agreed to introduce a value-added tax (VAT) on goods and services sometime in 2018. The leaders and finance ministers have discussed implementing the tax for some time, but the plunging price of oil…

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