Author Archives: Toby Stevens

Wanted: Alternative investments

Wanted: Alternative investments

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Middle East continues to experience unprecedented interest in alternative investments as regional institutional investment in hedge funds is expected to surge to $140 billion, or 14% of the total $1 trillion forecasted institutional investor capital in hedge funds by 2010, according to a report by the Bank of New York. The report said global

Without credit

Reading Time: < 1 minute The use of electronic payment cards in Lebanon and the region has grown rapidly in the past four years, according to statistics by Visa Card International. But with few exceptions, Middle Eastern markets remain debit card markets. Data provided by Visa International for the region in the period from March 1999 until March 2003 show

Slow hand

Reading Time: < 1 minute In late September, as the US Congress debated the Syria Accountability Act, a new cabinet was appointed in Syria. After Muhammad Mustapha Miro stepped down as prime minister, President Bashar Assad

It’s all in the name

Reading Time: 4 minutes Did it ever occur to you that your email address could be presenting you in a bad light? Last year, 31 million emails were sent each day. According to the International Data Corporation, by 2006, this number is expected to reach 60 billion, while the number of worldwide email addresses is expected to increase from