Dubai Development Disaster
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The situation in Dubai has financial press busy this morning, but overseas exchanges are indicating the extent of this crisis may be limited. US stock exchanges and the dollar are exhibiting stability this morning in the wake of a still dangerous Dubai disaster. Overseas markets started the day shaky, especially in Dubai where the Dubai Financial Market General Index is off 7.3%. Europe is also off at the hour of publishing, with the DJ Euro Stoxx 50 down 0.8%. However, US stocks started the day flat, while Asian shares exhibited strength.
Dubai Development Disaster
Adding kindling to the fire this morning, a representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAB) said Dubai World's debt is not guaranteed by his nation. These guys obviously need to take their cue from the penguins over at the US Treasury Department and Federal Reserve.
The UAB is not setting its financial markets at ease this morning, as it should be. This first of trading since the news broke could have been controlled, since time allowed for it thanks to religious holiday. Instead the whole of Dubai is up in arms, and Middle Eastern shares are shaky across the board.
Dubai World is looking for a six month reprieve on $60 billion in debt. The nerve! You do not see American companies acting so brazenly... well AIG (NYSE: AIG)... oh and Citigroup (NYSE: C), J.P. Morgan (NYSE: JPM), Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), Fannie Mae (NYSE: FNM), Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE), Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) among others... well okay then.
Remember how Dubai once bragged about its world leading development, with its skyline cluttered with giant cranes? Yeah, not no more... Real estate prices are reportedly 50% lower in the UAB, and this crisis ain't helping. We suspect that in the end Dubai World's debt situation will get a lift from its parent state, and this crisis will blow away like sand in the wind. In other words, don't panic here at home.
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