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Hot property

Hot property

It is encouraging to be able to report that 2003 saw further movement and increased (mainly foreign and expatriate) demand for properties in the residential market, one which is expected to register as much as 15% annual growth in property transactions. This will come hard on the heels of the 30% growth witnessed in 2002,

In the red

It would not be difficult to state that 2003 did not witness the fulfillment of the economic and financial objectives, which had been announced at the time of Paris II meeting in November 2002. Indeed, the gap between the stated and realized objectives is quite wide. It might be recalled that by mid-2002 the Lebanese

Efficiency not mediocrity

In the first nine months of 2003, four main developments were observed: the unexpected rate of growth in bank’s deposits or in monetary aggregate M3, the sector’s participation in easing the state’s debt burden; the reduction of interest rates; the creation of a mechanism to review and settle non-performing loans. (I) Growth of M3 We

High hopes

The adversity of the past three-year bear market in US equities has been steadily forgotten over the course of 2003, as we enjoy the present blessings of a stronger economy and a nine-month-long rally. Investors and speculators are now stressed with the question of how much longer the good times will last. The major worry

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