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<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]-->Citigroup and Merrill Lynch are viewed more negatively by the American public on the heels of investments each firm accepted from SWFs

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Citigroup and Merrill Lynch’s standing among US citizens has plummeted as a result of multi-billion dollar capital injections by sovereign wealth funds, according to new research that highlights simmering public opposition to investments by foreign governments.

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Over half of the 1,000 people polled by the market research group Strategy One said they “trusted Citigroup less” after its recent decision to tap Middle Eastern and

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<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> Gulf response to US rate cut

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> Gulf central banks, whose currencies are pegged to the US dollar, have decided to follow the US Federal Reserve’s 75 basis point interest rate cut with reductions of their own (Arabian Business News):

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<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> “The Gulf will have to match the Fed cut,” said Marios Maratheftis, regional head of research at Standard Chartered Bank. “This is going to create even more liquidity in the market which means more inflationary pressures.” Inflation in four of the six Gulf Arab oil producers has overtaken official lending rates, encouraging borrowing for investment in assets such as real estate, which is the main driver of the surging cost of living across the region.

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) central banks say that they remain committed to the dollar peg for now, but will leave the door open for coordinated currency revaluations in the future, to tackle rising inflation.

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> China in no hurry to buy credit crunch bargains

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> China is taking a more cautious approach to making investments on the belief that the worst of the subprime crisis is still yet to come (Reuters):

Beijing’s reluctance to buy into Citigroup coincides with growing expressions of concern by Chinese officials about the seriousness of the credit crisis. “The subprime loan issue has planted a ticking timebomb in the global financial markets. It now seems the impact is much more serious than the market had previously expected. I don’t think it will be over any time soon,” Vice-Finance Minister Li Yong said at a recent forum.

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> Abu Dhabi announces $15 billion clean energy fund, world’s first carbon neutral city

<!--[if !supportEmptyParas]--><!--[endif]--> Abu Dhabi decides to invest in the energy technologies of the future (BBC):

The government of Abu Dhabi has announced a $15bn initiative to develop clean energy technologies. The Gulf state describes the five-year initiative as “the most ambitious sustainability project ever launched by a government:”. Components will include the world’s largest hydrogen power plant. The government has also announced plans for a “sustainable city”, housing about 50,000 people, that will produce no greenhouse gases and contain no cars.

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