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s! yes, indeed. amazing speed, coverage and control. all with an xfi gateway. find your awesome, and change the way you wifi. ♪ yousef: welcome to this special edition of bloomberg markets middle east. here is what is coming up on the program. we will talk about saudi arabia. they have rolled out their big budget for 2018. we break it down with one of the regions most influential analysts. we asked which nations are ready
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and are companies set for the january 1 implementation date. the biggest billionaires for their investment strategies. first off, he's outspoken and unapologetic when it comes to critiquing everything from his nation's neighbors all the way to the u.s. administration. that is exactly where i started my interview with him. about what he has done so far on delivering those campaign promises. about that,ked me the most has not been done. jerusalem is not part of the united states of america. it is for all the region of the world. for the jews, muslim and christian. it is everybody.
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the independence, not america. it will not happen. yousef: do you think there is worse to come from the administration of the united states to the point of the arab world? you said at the very beginning this individual is a loose cannon. could it more difficult in terms of u.s. policy in the middle east? >> i will tell you something very simple. since he started, he promised a few things. first of all, he wanted to build toall to deport the muslims, destroy obamacare. i have forgot the other thing. he not done anything. he started in january and we are now in december, one year. he has promised a lot of things and have not delivered. yousef: can this make relations more difficult going forward? >> i cannot talk on behalf of
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our leaders because i cannot talk of myself. i don't trust any in the white house in the last few years, not obama, not donald trump, i don't trust them because they are different. professionals, bankers, diplomats, etc. never trust the white house because they are different when they are retired. they become friends and we are accepting that which is completely wrong. we should not accept that. yousef: where exactly in europe are you investing more? are you looking to expand because you are he have a wide portfolio. where are those pockets of opportunity? >> i invest in hungary which is very important. this is the center of europe.
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austria -- within that area in central europe. yousef: they are now looking at a region that is a little bit divided. it is another political issue that the middle east cannot really afford and you know better than i do how much volatility and how much uncertainty there is in this part of this world. what did not help to resolve this issue to help consumer confidence, 12 investors make the decisions in terms of putting money to work in the middle east? >> that is up to you if that represents. you always have to weigh your interests. the weight of saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. qatar is like a drop in the ocean. they are family, brothers and sisters, we need them but we will not force them. if they want to, they are most welcome otherwise they will not
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affect anything, the powerhouse of economy is us and saudi arabia. t's take it to the united arab emirates and your expansion plans. what are the new projects going online and how much are you looking to invest? >> still finishing four projects. o our a very important t city. you cannot compare to anywhere in the world, anywhere like it in the world. hotel, luxury.r permanentr that is that rivals las vegas. .nd then the boulevard you cannot find this in new york . we are finishing that. we finished the hotel.
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resulort.ishing the if you go and see that -- i've been with her majesty the queen in windsor. windsor is nothing compared to it. you go and see there, the stables, the planning, the plan,, the master you think you are summerhouse. yousef: in terms of additional expansion, is this a good time to be investing in new projects because there is concerned there is too much supply coming out of the markets? we have cranes to the left and right. the market is already soft. how concerned are you about that? >> i'm very happy about the expansion of the infrastructure which they are doing it everywhere. they have a huge budget and the right people to execute it. i'm very proud of them.
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no one could do it anywhere in the world. cities, i am, big not seeing like doing the work and quality. this is number one, which i'm very happy and everyone else is happy. is --r as expansion, there i'm not in that area at all. i'm in the area of my own properties. yousef: in the past, you made it clear that the uae should not approve new projects. do you still stand by that? >> 100%. i talked about the government about that in dubai and freeze for hotels. yousef: in terms of the situation with the ipo which has been a regular feature of our conversations over the years, you have said you are open to the idea. we have seen more companies going ipo. it is not a family business but
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still a company nonetheless going public. where are you with that project? i update our valuation, our ipo, etc. i think about very important issue which is the dividend. am running myw, i own companies. shareholders have 30%. it is a lot of money. checksexpect to pay then by the end of the year. this is what worries me and will not let me sleep. therefore, i am putting a halt so maybe i will be more comfortable and stable mentally and economically. billionaire was a speaking to me earlier. saudi arabia,
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unveils a $293 billion spending plan to revive its flagging economy. we get the analysis from the head of research from a saudi-based investment. this is bloomberg. ♪
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yousef: welcome back to this special edition of bloomberg markets middle east. let's talk about saudi arabia. they are rolled out a huge expansionary 2018 budget. the kingdom will boost spending , tolmost $300 billion revive an economy that his languished in the wake of lower oil prices. the expectation is that gdp will 2.7%. to poin inflation will accelerate to more than 5% from its current negative territory. chief economist shortly after the budget was announced and got his thoughts. >> it shows two things. one, flexibility in the policy
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direction. the aggressive policy approach can be changed and adjusted to inject or to create growth in the economy and that is probably what happened with the new fiscal balance program. in relaxed some of the provisions an extended targets from 2022 to 2023. on top of this, this expansion and fiscal policy which goes beyond what has been announced in the original fiscal balance program in terms of how , andsion is the policy is inject more capital spending which will go directly into growth. the fiscal budget that was announced yesterday, there is more than 300 billion saudi of capital spending which will towards thee growth 2% for the nonoil economy.
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guest: what kind of growth numbers are you looking at? do you agree with the government forecasts? >> i think the government forecasts are on the optimistic side so they are forecasting nonoil revenue to grow more than 3%. as i mentioned, 2% is our expectations. on the oil side, which is more the side of the saudi economy, the growth is likely to be driven more from refinery, industry development. more son in in the refinery and is with oil because oil the growth of opec. toare looking for around 1% 1.5% in the oil sector. 1.7%ether, it is probably growth for the whole economy. guest: the oil price is key in this conversation. yousef: the government will not disclose any projections in what
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they are using. the minister of finance would not give me any details in our recent discussion. where do you think the price is that in 2018 for their forecast? guest: according to the budget numbers, i think the budget uses $60 for brent. around 10.1ion million barrels a day. oilop of that, another price that matters for the saudi fiscal policy and oil policy is to break even for the budget. that is, according to our estimate, around $80. a little bit higher than last year which was in the mid-70's. the reason for increasing in the breakeven is threefold. one, production in aramco's taxes, which we saw coming down from 85% to 50%. two, the increase in production
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-- sorry, increase in spending. saudi the compliance of with the opec plus agreement in terms of capping production at 10.1 million barrels per day. yousef: in terms of the priorities of this budget, the military stands out at the very top, education and health care. you are saying this actually is consistent with the recent track record. guest: exactly. in terms of the consistency, the budget is not surprising in terms of priorities. education and health care. soft infrastructure and hard infrastructure are there. what matters for the fiscal policy last year and this year, probably also towards the year before, was the ability of the government to follow what they announced in the budget. it used to be before, a lot of
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spending that goes throughout the year, actual spending is probably 20%, 25% of what is budgeted. now we see higher discipline, higher efficiency on the government side. we saw this year they overspending was roughly less than 4%. yousef: that was the head of research and chief economist of jadwa speaking with me after the saudi budget announcement. still to come, the value added tax rollout date is january 1. is the region ready? are businesses prepared for the new tax system? those are the important questions we will ask david daly. he thinks they are not ready. that is next. this is bloomberg. ♪
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yousef: welcome back to this special edition of bloomberg markets: middle east. taxation has long been a taboo in the six-member gulf cooperation council but a drop in oil prices is forcing states to rethink their stance as they attempt to broaden out revenue collection. it will roll out next month but our business is ready? i spoke to david daly because you think they are not. david: they are not ready because nobody believed them like santa, except this time it is real. we have had federal tax authority seminars throughout the year but it is only more recent months that the government has come out and started talking about it happening. we are starting to see bodies getting in touch with customers in the last weeks.
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there is a daunting really audi -- reality on businesses. it applies the more businesses and that otherwise might be thought. yousef: this could be argued to be part of the natural transition process. it was never going to be a flip the switch kind of process. how much leeway is the government giving to companies, businesses to get their head around it? david: they are not. they announced last july that on the gcc it was going to come into place and the federal authorities here stated it would go live on january 1, 2018 as per the framework. they held seminars throughout the year. reality is nobody believed it. is goou need to do back to the history of the region as to why the saudis in 1998 were bringing an income tax. yousef: who is in a better position than some of the other
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countries? is it saudi arabia? a little tougher to implement because by virtue of size and scale and dubai would be the better compilers? david: quite the opposite, dubai has a single authority. i have had their legislation out a lot earlier. here, you have a federal tax authority and various freeze voices.ich have loud it is taking quite a lot of time to get everybody onside to finalize legislation. because of that, we only have seen the final piece of legislation. saying that, they have been trading the details for us all year. theef: when it comes to specific rules and regulations of the vat, what are some of the ambiguity that is putting off perhaps some companies? where could governments have done a better job in providing more certainty or clarity to help with the process? always easier in hindsight. what are the biggest gray areas? david: the biggest was fenced
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free zones. it was generally thought that the vat would not apply within a secure fenced and environment because of questions about how easy it would be to secure the environment. the government has taken the decision that vat would apply to the whole footprint unless its goods coming in and going straight back out again, i.e. they stay within bond. that is quite understandable. the other main element is people just did not leave it. right now, people start to leave -- people still don't. that has not changed. yousef: there is a sense of denial when you look at the public conversation although they are making a point with vat coming. it is not really at the top of the list at all at the moment. that is what you are saying will change very quickly. how harsh set of penalties is the gcc and the governments -- what do they have in terms of their war chest to bring the companies further in line to get
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everybody on board? david: i use the analogy of driving. when i came to the uae nearly 10 years ago now, the driving was a lot worse than it is today. did was put in place rules and penalties to force a change in behavior. what you see when you look at the list of penalties that the tax authority has released is a series of paper cuts. there is not a huge hammer they will hit everybody with but there are fines for various infractions. $5,000 year, $10,000 there. yousef: it is not satellite. david: it all adds up. yousef: you have dealt with some of the balance sheets as well. give me a sense of how much of an impact this can have for some businesses in terms of forgone revenues, in terms of ultimately cutting away or chipping away from the bottom line, if at all. if you pass it on to consumers, there should not be much impact in how much your net profit is. david: as you say, in terms of
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what is not going to be allowable -- entertainment, which should not be that much of any given pnl spent on an annual basis. where it will hurt is capital projects. where you've got a building project, which costs over 5 million, the vat will be reclaimed over 10 years, not just budget -- not adjusted for inflation. vat.is 5 million you only get 500,000 back per year on the anniversary of the claim, not adjusted for inflation. yousef: in terms of consumer sentiment, that is where the other side of the impact could be. they could cut back on their spending because now they have a higher cost base. david: yes and no. the two biggest settlements either sit outside or not affected. your residence is exempt from vat if you are a renter and your school fees are zero rated. that would be probably half of most family income. after that, you are probably looking at a net effect of 2.5%. this is a destination
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environment, so it is not the cheapest place in the world to begin with. given we are in a soft economy, prices really have been drifting downwards.what i would imagine happens next year is you would away theill take noticeable driven prices downward. i don't think consumers will be that affected, although they will mentally adjust their spending. yousef: could we see a conversation being kicked off going into 2018 in terms of the government sitting down again with companies, even though that process is over technically, but coming to the table and ironing out some of the weak spots in the current framework? david: there are plenty of them. the executive regulations were 53 pages. that is a like document. to give you an example of the gap, one of the things which was missing from the executive systems whichs would be approved for document retention. that came in at about 55 pages.
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that is -- those types of documents are still coming out at this point. there are gaps, lots of them. yousef: are companies able to get their numbers, their files and documents -- is the process so far streamlined? the fact you are hearing those that are serious about it, those that are putting it at the top of their agenda, they can get things done, they are able to do what they need to. david: entities which started last year, and i know large ones that did, will be on time. they will have a few issues but they will be ready. those entities which started, larger ones that started around september, october. october was a key point because that was the date when excise use went to live and people do not believe it would happen. it did. three days before it went live, the regulations arrived. yousef: the good thing about vat is we are not reinventing the wheel. vat exists in many countries around the world. what kind of presidents do you
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look to to understand what the implementation process looks like, the fact that it is not necessarily smooth project? david: malaysia is a good example. malaysia dusting slightly different. it was year and a half before they went live. just to put that into perspective, at the end of the first year, the authorities /8th of all companies were audited and found an issue for third of them. there is a lot of direction from the european union system because it is the only other one that exists. yes, there is a lot of prece dents. there were skill sets that were available globally that were not brought in. yousef: that was david daly. still to come, we speak with another billionaire, the chairman of kanoo cgroup. we discussed his investment strategies and what he thinks about bitcoin. that is next. this is bloomberg. ♪
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♪ yousef: welcome to this special edition of bloomberg markets middle east. the billionaire chairman of the group, the kanoo group has been across the gulf, trade, industrial, and saudi arabia to mention a few. i spoke about how michelle carter do feels with the -- michal kanoo feels with the trump administration. michal: one party can do something, the other does not react, we have a lot of people react with different things. the political part of it is one aspect of it which i mean, i have no concern about it because
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i cannot do anything about it. it is the business side that affects me in terms of how my business is affected and how i react in terms to conduct business. yousef: let's take up on that. what are you doing in terms of your portfolio businesses now? how much appetite do you have for fresh investments? mishal: most people look at that and say, avoid this place like the plague. if in fact, this is the equivalent of 2009, those who have, who had the guts and invested reach the rewards of 2015 -- reaped the rewards of 2015. i intend to do the same thing. whatever happening now, whether it is the issue with yemen, this convinceh trying to people to come and invest in this part of the world, one of the hardest things right now is to convince people because of
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the political situation they believe. it is now the opportunity to be able to take advantage of what people are afraid of because you combine, and the price is reasonable. yousef: valuation has become reasonable. is your home market, but are you looking at saudi arabia? is that your next big horizon? mishal: the region is my hometown, and as far as i am concerned, wherever opportunity happens in the region is where i am focusing on. two companies specifically for this, one we call kanoo capital to restructure our investments in the region and another is a company we are focusing on cold cast. .- called calf we are try to find more gems that either need cash injection
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or someone wants to leave the business, and you can take that business because you can see the future. it is trying to find those types of businesses in this region without the fear that if things are going to go hand-in-hand by tomorrow. yousef: when you say you have more appetite than a year ago? mishal: yes. yousef: any particular sector that you prefer? mishal: i like to find beaten down sectors. is,ain financial criteria then you look at the sectors. basically things that have to be beaten down for no good reason. there is always a situation when everything happens. there is a swing, and over buy two and over cell. in businesses right now, hard to tell unless you are in the business. so i understand, we look at those first. then there are others that are
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opportunistic because we will take advantage. either you take advantage or someone else will. onsef: let's put some meat to some of those plans. you said you have more and best -- more ambition. with the amount of money, you say, we will use those for these acquisitions in 2018. mishal: we do that, but depending on how many opportunities,, how much -- [speaking simultaneously] mishal: i would like to share those things, but you have to forgive me on that one. you would like to know these numbers but i cannot express that. on the other hand we have fantastic banks backing us should we need to extend into that market. yousef: where does that leave us with an initial public offering? i was speaking to -- yeah, ultimately family businesses could be looking at
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ipo's. they do not think it will happen on their end. it is a question of need, then the question of doing it for recognition. in your case, it is needed, you don't need to do it? mishal: i can't see that in the near future. what happens three years, five years, i don't know. at the present time i don't see it. it might be our subsidiaries might do it, but as a family business i can't see it. yousef: so with subsidiaries you could be doing it? mishal: i am throwing it as a potential opportunity. depending on what our management looks at, something that could go public or not. space inot even in our terms of talking about. yousef: the family business is going ipo, it has been part of the larger conversation in the united arab emirates. mishal: people think it solved
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all the problems. it does not, it adds a more layer of problem and is more public than most families are not prepared for. yousef: coming up on this special edition, part two of my n can'ton with michael do. which -- this is bloomberg. ♪ his is bloomberg. ♪
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♪ yousef: welcome back to this special edition of bloomberg markets middle east. next is part two with my interview with mishal kanoo. we picked up the discussion on the uae's recent number. in terms of the united arab emirates, we just have the budget announcements early on
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and the expansionary budget, spending happening in infrastructure, how convinced are you when it comes to the 2018 aspects of the united arab emirates when we are seeing tensions rise between different powers, and a city that is interconnected deeply with the financial system and these swings do not support sentiment? we have seen that in the valuations. mishal: let me focus on dubai specifically first. living in dubai, seeing the 1980's, the iraq-iran war, not potential war, war. with the invasion of the first gulf war, then the invasion of iraq, we have lived through all of that. and dubai prospered even when people thought it would collapse. it is not going to. you have leadership that
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understands this is a business place, and we will focus on that aspect. the uae has positioned itself quite nicely to be a place of -- i will say neutral per se, but it is open for business. so now for what is happening on the ground, people perceiving the lack of money, political problems, the lack of foreign money coming in -- yes we have issues in terms of banking, say the banking sector being tightening at one point or there is issue of currency. all of these things we have expressed. what is more prevalent is how fast and furious the news is flowing through. dubai, but specifically the uae and the region as a whole has managed of tension odd years
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and problems and has prospered. i don't see why today will be any different. yousef: what about the introduction of vat? dubai thrived because it was a tax-free area. having will that impact -- how will that impact the economy? mishal: as a business we have to have structure to meet whatever is required by the government. that is something we will do no matter what and every other company will do that. any other company that is intelligent will do that. personally i think the impact of .at, which i am not for it is here, it has happened, there is nothing i can do about it. the impact will be more by those in the category of income, category of 1000 to 3000, 4000 because it is high level.
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for those people who are in the superrich category, which i say 10%, 20% of the population of dubai, the uae, it would have hardly an impact. it is annoying but it will not have an impact. i don't like paying more, but it will not stop me from doing my business. it will not have an impact, but it is those people in the 2000, 3000, that 5% will start to have a significant impact on them. how much will that make them think about working here versus going back? i cannot tell. yousef: in terms of opportunities outside the middle east, it has been a strong year .or emerging markets the fed is starting to wind down, the balance sheets -- sheet trying to raise rates. in 2018, where do you see opportunities outside the middle east?
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what is attractive? mishal: in terms of stock market? yousef: asset classes. mishal: i like to see companies with good businesses that have been beaten down because of an issue. sometimes it could be internal or external. if it is internal the company is fine and the external market has to shift towards it. when it happens, you will see the natural growth happen in the organization. if it is internal with the management bad, the question is can that management be changed, is the culture to ingrained -- too ingrained that you cannot shift? .hen avoid it like the plague in france a company could be fantastic, but if you perceive the external environment in terms of hiring or firing people is an impossibility, avoid it like the plague. no matter how good the business, you can't move. yousef: it does not matter where
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in the world as long as it meets those criteria. it could be japan, chile, and ola. -- angola. mishal: if we are talking investing, there are certain criteria. certain countries will get priority because of the rules and regulations of the laws, and others will get an opportunistic , because the opportunity is so good. yousef: the other standout in the later part of 2017 is cryptocurrencies and bitcoin in particular. when you one of the people who jumped in early? mishal: no. for those people who believe that -- and by the way, bitcoin is one brand. it is a cryptocurrency, but we -- use bitcoin because it is generic. i think bitcoin is here to stay, but people think it will cease
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to exist, it will not go away. it has left the box and is here. of it.blem is the value people perceiving it to have value. is valued based on what? yousef: there is no conventional metrics for this currency. mishal: that is why when you start seeing this thing, it can go anywhere. it can go as high as 100000 and crash tomorrow. there is nothing behind it that causes it to have intrinsic value. the intrinsic value is how much you believe in peer-to-peer technology. the back end technology which is blockchain, that is there and that israel, and that will have a massive effect on everything we will do in business going forward. that will not change. but bitcoin itself or the currency itself, the question is, how do you function? do you block it, do you open your doors to it? yousef: where do you draw the
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line? countriesbelieve some have tried to get ahead of the game by creating its own cryptocurrency, but that defeats the purpose in the first place because the purpose is why it came to exist is to bypass -- we as people don't trust governments, so therefore i will bypass the government. so for the government to create one is a strange situation. yousef: that brings us back to the question whether you are interested. mishal: [speaking simultaneously] no. have boughtshould into it, some form of it. mishal: not yet. speculate on a lot of things, but i don't speculate on things i don't expand. i will speculate the currency because i don't understand. i won't speculate in cryptocurrency because i don't understand how it moves. i need to understand the
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fundamentals. once i understand the fundamentals because then you can take the risk. you can see it move one direction or the other. yousef: if you had one recommendation to make her investment perspective, what would it be? anything anywhere? mishal: it is home. this is strange to say, because i am set against it, but if you want to make money, the best thing i can think is to buy real estate in dubai with a couple of years. yousef: with all these buildings around us. i was in a conversation with another business and said it reeks of oversupply. mishal: i don't like over speculation as a financial vehicle. i won't i have for my necessity, but looking at the way, if you consider the uae, specifically dubai but the uae in terms of money that will be spent between two airports, the expo, let alone genetic growth, let alone
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the shopping experience that is going to happen, and people are saying malls are dead, it is not . it just needs to be restructured, but look at all of these things happening over here. people don't see it because they are looking at the over structure, not the infrastructure. the infrastructure is booming. the over structure will start to catch up by 2018 and 2019. then people will flow back again. at this point it is hard to believe people want to come here because of political issues, but they will go by the by. people will come here. is egypt, with all its problems still can manage to convince -- still can manage to convince people to come, we don't have half the problems, and people will come. yousef: we get the latest from our own bloomberg middle east experts, our editing manager and others talk us through the year
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that was and how 2018 is shaping up. this is bloomberg. ♪ s is bloomberg. ♪
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♪ yousef: welcome back to this special bloomberg markets in riyadh. political reform has dominated the region this year. our bloomberg editor and an analyst talk us through the year that was and 2018 shaping up for the region. >> if i look at the three main events for me at least in 2017, i would say they are the saudi crisis or the political emergency crisis, saudi declaring the crackdown corruption and the escalation between saudi arabia and iran. so the common denominator is saudi arabia and we have seen manifestation of change in 2017.
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saudi-iranyear, the confrontation will be one of the key things we are looking at and how long will qatar take, and for the corruption crackdown. what impact that will have on private investment in the kingdom and investment into the kingdom. we will work more on that tangible scenario for the new year. so what could happen between iran and saudi arabia? what is the next level and is a resolution really next? >> one of the key things is how the iran deal plays out. if the trump administration manages to scuttle it or pull out of it, then people expect a more escalation in the confrontation between the two countries in terms of proxy
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wars, beat yemen or beach lebanon. we saw 11 on how the prime minister resigned presumably under saudi pressure. this is the consensus among back on, then pulled that. we could see more escalation, beat lebanon, beat yemen. how long will it last, and how long will the company expand this? yousef: i want to bring you into this conversation and get your take. as an economist you are looking at is part of the world and hearing from investors. how are the posits going to weigh on economic growth? i thinktime last year we have to look ahead that the worries were about all proxy wars, whether they would be sustained or whether they would drop. no worries about global yield and whether the region can we startedhen
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worrying about politics. the major events in this region in 2017 were all politically related. and that is expected to continue in 2018, so the major things we are worrying about next year are political events. we have elections in egypt, parliament elections in iraq, but the most and port thing is we know the outcome can happen out of nowhere. , i don't think anyone had predicted it. the lebanon situation, no one had predicted that or sign coming, so these are the things that are more worrisome. yousef: isn't it a little bit of geopolitical uncertainty positive for oil exporters? that will be good for pricing in the new year. that itbly in the sense should lead to higher prices,
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but if these materialize and lead to lower production, these countries will not benefit from higher prices and export slowdown. yousef: definitely. you mentioned egypt. i want to wind this up. what is going to be key? you have the election and economies continue to go through structural reform. you have the central bank on the fence as well. what is fascinating to this story? >> i think with the election no one really expects president isi to to have it -- as have a challenger. the election, moving from the liberalize exchange rate, massive influence of dollars into the economy, but they are mostly pouring money into debt and liquidity. now how to move that and move beyond that and get real , investments in the
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nonoil economy, investments that would create jobs, having covered asia for years and years, the peak was -- a lot of that was going to oil with a global environment right now, it will be a challenge i think. this is one key element to follow. i don't know if he agrees with this. >> there are risks with egypt. yousef: go on. tell us about your view on egypt and the broader counsel -- capital for the region as a whole struggling to attract foreign investors in a meaningful way. >> so as you mentioned, which i agree with, i think about a few things going forward. one is the decline in inflation as the impact of the currency flotation drops the inflation numbers, so that should be positive for the economy.
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havetion drops, and so we the gas -- that could wring more dollars into the economy, then we have another thing, tourism. signs that tourism is recovering, flights will be resumed, so that is wholesome positivity for egypt. we were worrying about the impact of inflation and social unrest. that were -- that did not materialize. egypt going into something positive next year, albeit from a lower level. yousef: that is it for this special edition of bloomberg markets middle east. the show will be back to regular markets coverage at the start of the trading week, 8:00 in the , a 11:000 hong kong new york. i yousef gamal el-din, this is bloomberg. ♪ this is bloomberg. ♪
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jonathan: from new york city, i am jonathan ferro with 30 minutes dedicated the fixed income. this is "bloomberg real yield." ♪ jonathan: the president signs the tax bill and the treasury curve steepens. risk assets outperform a 2017. junk bonds get left behind. in europe, we end the year just the way we started it, worrying about politics. we begin with the big issue, the yield curve beginning to steepen. >> the reality is this curve showed stephen because of less foreign competition for treasuries. when you add in the $700 billion next year, we think that

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