Al Etihad Credit Bureau starts issuing commercial credit scores to UAE businesses

The three digit scores — ranging from 300 to 900 — determine the creditworthiness and risks of default of a company. (Reuters)
Updated 02 August 2017

Al Etihad Credit Bureau starts issuing commercial credit scores to UAE businesses

DUBAI: Al Etihad Credit Bureau on Wednesday said it has began issuing commercial credit scores to businesses in the UAE.
The three digit scores — ranging from 300 to 900 — determine the creditworthiness and risks of default of a company. It is calculated using information from various sources, like banks, finance companies and telecom companies. The higher the score, the lower the risk of default.
“The launch of the Commercial Credit Score will help banks and other commercial lenders to assess the risk from the time of application throughout the entire lending relationship,” Marwan Ahmad Lutfi, chief executive of Al Etihad Credit Bureau said in a statement.
Companies can obtain their credit scores by visiting the bureau’s customer service centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and presenting documents such as the original Emirates ID of company’s owner or the company’s authorized signatory, original trade license, the original articles of association of the company and a valid e-mail address.
A standard commercial report — with no score — costs Dh180, while a report with a score costs Dh220. A credit report for an individual or establishment without a score costs Dh100 while it costs an additional Dh50 to get one with a score. A credit score only, with no report, costs Dh60.
According to international best practices, a good commercial credit score assists small and medium enterprises in accessing the credit market because the analytic and predictive score indicates the likelihood of future default and the effectiveness of current management, the bureau said.

Economists fear a US recession in 2021

Updated 19 min 57 sec ago

Economists fear a US recession in 2021

  • Trump’s higher budget deficits ‘might dampen the economy’

WASHINGTON: A number of US business economists appear sufficiently concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies that they expect a recession in the US by the end of 2021.

Thirty-four percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, in a report being released Monday, said they believe a slowing economy will tip into recession in 2021. 

That’s up from 25 percent in a survey taken in February. Only 2 percent of those polled expect a recession to begin this year, while 38 percent predict that it will occur in 2020.

Trump, however, has dismissed concerns about a recession, offering an optimistic outlook for the economy after last week’s steep drop in the financial markets and saying on Sunday, “I don’t think we’re having a recession.” A strong economy is key to the Republican president’s 2020 reelection prospects.

The economists have previously expressed concern that Trump’s tariffs and higher budget deficits could eventually dampen the economy.

The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on goods from many key US trading partners, from China and Europe to Mexico and Canada. 

Officials maintain that the tariffs, which are taxes on imports, will help the administration gain more favorable terms of trade. But US trading partners have simply retaliated with tariffs of their own.

Trade between the US and China, the two biggest global economies, has plunged. Trump decided last Wednesday to postpone until Dec. 15 tariffs on about 60 percent of an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports, granting a reprieve from a planned move that would have extended duties to nearly everything the US buys from China.

The financial markets last week signaled the possibility of a US recession, adding to concerns over the ongoing trade tensions and word from Britain and Germany that their economies are shrinking.

The economists surveyed by the NABE were skeptical about prospects for success of the latest round of US-China trade negotiations. Only 5 percent predicted that a comprehensive trade deal would result, 64 percent suggested a superficial agreement was possible and nearly 25 percent expected nothing to be agreed upon by the two countries.

The 226 respondents, who work mainly for corporations and trade associations, were surveyed between July 14 and Aug. 1. That was before the White House announced 10 percent tariffs on the additional $300 billion of Chinese imports, the Chinese currency dipped below the seven-yuan-to-$1 level for the first time in 11 years and the Trump administration formally labeled China a currency manipulator.

As a whole, the business economists’ recent responses have represented a rebuke of the Trump administration’s overall approach to the economy.

Still, for now, most economic signs appear solid. Employers are adding jobs at a steady pace, the unemployment rate remains near a 50-year low and consumers are optimistic. US retail sales figures out last Thursday showed that they jumped in July by the most in four months.