Men look out of a building at the Kingdom Centre Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 1, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
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The list of potential pitfalls for Middle East investors next year is long.Saudi Arabia's global standing is being questioned and Washington has turned its back on Iran, opening the way for increased -- and some say destabilizing -- Russian influence.Amid the tumult, Marshall Stocker, a Boston-based money manager at Eaton Vance Corp., plans to spend a lot of time on the ground, "testing views and identifying opportunities".Here's a list of some of the biggest risks that will keep investors on their toes next year: So prevalent is the disquiet over Khashoggi's murder that Mark Mobius, an investor in developing nations, says even MSCI Inc.'s decision to include the nation's stocks in its emerging-market gauge next year won't be enough to lure funds back.Qatar's IsolationThe Saudi-led embargo against Qatar is unlikely to end next year, Stocker said.
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