Tuesday 09, May 2017    |   The business of banking

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  • 18    Egypt: no pain, no gain

    Egypt has remained a challenging environment for the past few years, but in the face of the authorities’ willingness to implement reforms increasing…

  • 30    Riding out the storm

    Bahrain is still in a sticky situation with continuing deficits, depleting reserves and higher currency risk, but a strong financial sector and GCC…

  • 40    ESG in private equity: from fringe…

    As institutional investors increasingly turn to alternative investments, including private equity to seek additional return and diversification, the…

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  • How blockchain technology is changing the security landscape in the banking sector

    Blockchain, the technology that is used in the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin, is revolutionary in many ways–it addresses multiple challenges associated with digital transactions, such as double…

  • Innovation in Islamic finance is better cultivated from the roots than the branches

    Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority provides his insights on innovation in Islamic finance, ahead of the Global Financial Forum this week.

    Islamic finance refers to financial services that adhere…

  • Reinventing the wheel

    Qais Al Khonji, CEO of Genesis Projects and Investments, sheds light on the crucial realities of investment and economic diversification in this region.

    Since the 1960’s, oil has been…

  • Are we there yet?

    Tariq Qaqish, Managing Director—Asset Management at Menacorp, lays down his projections for the second half of 2017.

    The longest bull market of over eight years with no meaningful correction…

  • Championing Palestine

    As long as regional political tensions continue, economic recovery in Palestine will forever be an uphill battle.

    Thrown into recession in 2014 by the Gaza war, the Palestinian economy has nonetheless…

  • Fool-proofing the IFRS 9

    Unified standards and effective implementation of integrated reporting is crucial for long-term success in the GCC, asserts Michael Armstrong, FCA and ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa…

  • FXTM: What to watch for

     

    Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM Key discusses the key events to watch in the week ahead.

    The US dollar and stocks made a fantastic run towards the end of last week…

  • Breaking old habits

    Saudi Arabia continues to grapple with oil dependency and unemployment as it pursues its long-term diversification agenda.

    Saudi Arabia’s economy is expected to contract slightly in 2017…

  • Crossing boundaries

    Alande Mustafa Safi, Managing Director of Paragon Business Group, talks about the burgeoning potential down under and his vision for 2018.

    Paragon Business Group is the parent company and the…

  • FXTM: What to expect from the BoE

     

    Today’s Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announcement is the main event of the week, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, adding…

  • After BoC hike, will the ECB announce the end of QE?

     

    Currency traders were in action on Wednesday, with a couple of unanticipated events causing some wild swings in FX markets, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…

  • Data analytics: is this the future of audit?

    The possibilities for data analytics technology to change audit are enormous. Whether it’s identifying fraud, financial or business operational risks, big data and analytics could help auditors…

  • Politics are not the only risk on the horizon

    Toby Nangle, Head of Multi-Asset, EMEA and Maya Bhandari, Multi-Asset Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, examine the risks looming on the horizon for financial markets and details…

  • A long way to breaching $50/barrel

    Pierre Melki, Equity Analyst Global Equity Research at Union Bancaire Privée, provides a commentary on the oil market.

    Year to date, the MSCI Energy is underperforming the MSCI World…

  • Renewables: realising the potential

    Diego Biasi, ‎Co-Founder & CEO, Quercus Investment Partners discusses the potential of renewables and green energy for the MENA region.

    Describe the development of the renewable…

  • Investors on the sidelines ahead of Jackson Hole summit

     

    FXTM’s Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed, comments on the US equity markets and potential outcomes from the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium.

    US…

  • The Sukuk and economic development for the Silk Road

    In his opening address on 21 August 2017, at a forum held at Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University, Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre discusses the opportunities…

  • A new avenue of opportunity

    Philip Hoffman, Founder and CEO of The Fine Art Group, sheds light on the rise of investments in fine art in the Middle East.

    The art market has evened out in recent years. The European Fine…

  • Capitalising on the middle market

    Paul Isaac, Executive Director, Gulf Credit Partners at Gulf Capital discusses the rise of alternative investment strategies in the Middle East and Africa.

    For investors looking to add alternative…

  • Investing in Saudi’s consumer staples

    Anjali Anand, Senior Manager, Investment Research & Analytics, at Aranca Research provides an insight into the three consumer staples stocks an investor needs to tap into in Saudi Arabia.

    Consumer…

  • Turkey: reality is better than perception

    In spite of what appears to be a turbulent few years for republic, the nation’s fundamentals are relatively strong when viewed objectively.

    Beleaguered by continuous geopolitical tensions,…

  • Flight to safety subsides; attention shifts to data

     

    The war of words between Trump and North Korea, has largely dictated the direction of the market for the past 24 hours, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM. 

  • Optimism that the rand could strengthen quickly fades

     

    Any optimism that the South African rand (ZAR) would continue its attempt to strengthen against the USD, appears to have gone out the window following the news that Jacob Zuma survived…

  • Boosting and incentivising investments

    Dr Abou Shoka, founder of Cairo-based legal firm, Abou Shoka Law, sheds light on Egypt’s recently passed Investment Law.

    Egypt’s long-awaited investment laws were passed in May,…

  • Markets in sleep mode, VIX drops below 10

     

    Despite the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting record highs on Monday, the news barely made headlines, which could be explained by the scale of the moves, according…

  • Creating a win-win state

    Will value-added tax be a game changer in the UAE? Dr Allen Baby, Faculty at Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, Dubai tackles this question.

    Over four decades, the UAE has…

  • A subdued growth

    The volume of deals concluded in the first half of 2017 dropped compared to last year nevertheless debt capital markets continue to post steady progress.

    An investment banking analysis of the…

  • Growth amidst uncertainty

    Banker Middle East sat down with Ahmed Saud Ghouth, Chief Executive Officer of Alkhabeer Capital, to talk about the firm’s seven consecutive years of record growth amidst market uncertainty,…

  • What makes a great modern CFO?

    Samuel Dergel, Principal at Dergel Executive Search

    Accounting may be a technical field, but the modern finance department cannot thrive on technical skills alone. Every client I speak with…

  • DIFC courts enforce United States judgment for the first time

    by Peter Smith - p.smith@tamimi.com - Dubai, UAEPeter Smith examines the recent, groundbreaking judgement of Justice Sir Richard Field…

  • Banking on mobility in the GCC

    Mobility drives more digital disruption and customer loyalty in global banking, writes Zaki El Khoury, Head of Sales UAE, Levant, North Africa and Country Manager—Lebanon at Orange Business Services.

  • Leveraging fintech opportunities in the Middle East

    Bana Akkad Azhari, Head of Sales & Relationship Management MENA and the CIS, Treasury Services EMEA at BNY Mellon, discusses the potential of fintech to transform the financial landscape in the…

  • New frameworks for risk management?

    The Banker Middle East Roundtable on challenges in liquidity risk management and interest rate risk in the banking book was held in Riyadh, KSA, on 23 May 2017.

    The roundtable, the…

  • The week ahead: Draghi’s turn to drag the euro?

     

    Last week the greenback was the biggest loser among all major currencies, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.  

    The…

  • Corporate Palestine harnesses individual expertise

    Nisreen Musleh, Board Member of Arab Islamic Bank (April 2016 – April 2017), provides an insight into her experience operating in a turbulent market.

    I have recently completed serving…

  • UAE remains a bright spot for private banking

    Bruno Daher, CEO of Credit Suisse Middle East and North Africa, conveys his optimism on the private banking sector in the UAE.The year 2016 was marked with a series of unexpected events—from…

  • SWF: regional trends

    In the shifting regional dynamic of sovereign wealth funds, what is the future outlook? Ihab Khalil, Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group Middle East writes.

  • Reviving Lebanon

    Despite geopolitical risks that continue to loom over the country, the formation of a new government gives renewed hope for the nation.

    Following a 29 month presidential absence in the country,…

  • IFC Invests in leading Palestinian VC fund to support start-ups and drive growth

     

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest $1 million in Ibtikar Fund, a leading Palestinian venture capital fund with a focus on accelerator-based investments…

  • Keeping in check

    Banker Middle East catches up with Bryan Stirewalt, Managing Director, Supervision at Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to discuss the current state of financial regulation at the…

  • Yen supported by geopolitical risk

     

    The Japanese Yen appreciated against its major counterparts during Tuesday’s trading session as investors adopted a cautious approach following reports of North Korea conducting…

  • A new divergence at the top

    Khalid Howladar, Managing Director at Acreditus provides a recap of GCC sovereign credit ratings.

    Kuwait, UAE and Qatar

    Last week was a busy one for GCC sovereign ratings:…

  • Setting a new benchmark

    Michaël Lok, Co-CEO Asset Management at Union Bancaire Privée comprehensively discusses the bank’s investment strategies in manoeuvring through challenging times.

    Can…

  • The personal touch with customisable cards

    By Eric Claudel, President Banking & Payments for the CISMEA region at Gemalto.

    Historically, banks have had a one-size-fits-all product offering for their clients. Today, the banking sector…

  • Out with the silo, in with the ecosystem

    Gerhard Oosthuizen, Chief Information Officer at Entersekt highlights importance of a synergetic approach in enhancing a financial institution’s digital capabilities.As consumers, we have become…

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