Published on Axios
Omar Al-Ubaydli, an affiliated senior scholar at George Mason's Mercatus Center, tells Axios the appointment will be welcomed by the country's foreign investors, because "it will diminish doubts that they may have held regarding the implementation" of the Saudi Vision 2030. That vision "seeks to decrease the country's dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and loosen some of the conservative, Islamic Kingdom's social restrictions," per NYT.
Published in the Tyler Morning Telegraph
Trump’s mistake is that he sees a trade deficit as a budget shortfall. Writing in Forbes, Omar Ahmad Al-Ubaydli of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center explains why trade deficits aren’t a big problem.
“America’s trade deficit represents foreigners letting Americans buy more goods than they sell, in exchange for the right to invest in America more than Americans invest abroad - that’s a sign of a thriving economy,” he writes. “In contrast, a struggling economy combined with a trade deficit would send the dollar tumbling, balancing the flow of capital and goods.”
Published in MarketWatch
“The key unknown is the flexibility and competitiveness of the U.S. shale-oil sector,” said Omar Al-Ubaydli, a program director at the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies. “Until U.S. shale oil technology progress stabilizes, if at all, the key threat to OPEC will remain shrouded in mystery.”
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