- Egypt in focus
- EEMEA Banks Strategy: Pivoting to dividend hikes - BofA Merrill Lynch
- MENA Banks: KSA banks: Disciplined approach yielding confidence, momentum and dividends
- Al Rajhi Bank: Cost of funding advantage set to underpin further dividend growth; BofA Merrill Lynch
- Moody's affirms Baa3 senior unsecured debt ratings of ICICI Bank's Bahrain branch
- Oil drives Saudi Arabia’s fiscal deficit lower in First-half 2017
- VAT panel for UAE female business owners
- Capoinvest Limited signs a private investment agreement with the Angolan Government
- AfrAsia Bank pursues digital transformation with new appointment
- Jafza attracts 267 new companies during the H1 2017
Benchmarking the region's banks in 2014
BME 100 Rankings
Data analysed for this report covers the five years from 2009-2013, incorporating the effects of the financial crisis and the subsequent recovery of…
Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) consists of a linear progrsamming technique used to find the set of coefficients that will give the highest possible…
Banks in Saudi Arabia have remained the most profitable in the Middle East throughout the post-crisis years of 2009-2013.
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.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org - 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.
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.…
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.
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…
Bringing cybersecurity management to another level
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Wayne Loveless, Principal, Cybersecurity and Lutfi Zakhour, Senior Vice President, Financial Services, both at Booz Allen Hamilton MENA extensively…
Breathing life into customer experience
Nabilah Annuar sat down with Rasool Hujair, CEO of Najm (previously Majid Al Futtaim Finance) and winner of Best Credit Card for the Banker Middle East UAE Product Awards, to gauge his views…
Building the right workforce
Speaking to Banker Middle East, Matthew Cowan, Regional Director of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment Middle East discusses the importance of the development of…
Oil seeks support in mid-40s, hawks spook gold
Broad-based weakness saw the Bloomberg Commodity Index challenge the lower end of the range that has persisted for the past 14 months, writes Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy…
The fintech revolution: friend or foe?
Majed Al-Ghanemi, Chief Operating Officer of Alawwal Bank sheds light on the development of financial technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
‘Fintech’ is a term that has been…
Sharjah revives historic gas identity as it becomes UAE's newest LNG import terminal
Sharjah’s pioneering gas industry has evolved beyond recognition since drilling on the Emirate’s Sajaa-1 well commenced in 1980, heralding the largest gas field discovery in the Northern…
ESG in private equity: from fringe to focal
As institutional investors increasingly turn to alternative investments, including private equity to seek additional return and diversification, the pressure is now on private equity managers to step…
Four tech hacks to faster customer onboarding in banking and finance
Rami Bachir, Sales Manager—Middle East at Kodak Alaris, Information Management division, sheds light on efficient customer onboarding.
Customer onboarding or client…
Commercial Bank of Dubai sheds light on the three key trends emerging in the transaction banking space.
It is evident that the global transaction banking industry is witnessing a paradigm shift…
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 support is expected to mitigate the situation.…
An outstanding financial track record
Samer A.H. Itani, Vice Chairman—General Manager of LGB BANK sheds light on the bank’s history and stellar performance.
With over 50 years of banking tradition, trust and excellence…
Qatari leadership to yield to Arab pressure to drop support for Islamist extremism or face military
By Firas Abi Ali, Senior Principal Analyst, Middle East & North Africa, IHS MarkitSaudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar on 5 June 2017. Measures taken by…
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 optimism can be found.
Since 2011 the…
Saudi: building a future?
The country is pushing its economy towards non-oil growth, but is this enough to prevent decline on the back of further oil-price fluctuations.
Heading towards 2017, the outlook by regional…
The future of banking: evolution necessary to meet consumers’ needs
Eric Claudel, President Banking & Payment Solutions for the CISMEA region at Gemalto, highlights the need for a “new chronicle” within the banking sector—where creativity and…
The blockchain conundrum
Darryl Proctor, Product Director—Payments at Temenos addresses common concerns surrounding the applicability of blockchain technology.
How would you describe the reception of blockchain…
Cybersecurity can power fintech to new heights
Leo Cole, VP—Marketing at DarkMatter, discusses the correlation between fintech and cybersecurity.
Innovations in financial technology (fintech), and the growing importance of online transactions…
Strength in regulation
Mark Van Leewarden, Managing Director and Founder of Warden Consulting, discusses the necessities of strong regulations in managing cybersecurity risks.
Describe the cybersecurity landscape…
Creating a diverse bond market
In an exclusive mini roundtable, Nabilah Annuar, Banker Middle East Editor, sits down with Michael Grifferty, President of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association, Dr. Hansjoerg Herzog, Head of…
Building the future
EIBFS sheds light on how banks in the UAE are charting the course for tomorrow's leaders.
As the 21st century progresses, business leaders will be expected to deliver…
Arindam Banerjee, Assistant Professor of Finance at S P Jain School of Global Management provides a holistic view of the UAE’s private equity market.
The 1970s witnessed a series of developments…
Insurance: optimising the customer experience
Michael Jensen, Managing Director MENA Zone, AIG, discusses the impacts of digitisation and its disruption on the insurance sector.
The winds of change from digitisation…
Iraq: hanging on
The economic and financial situation in Iraq remains ever challenging, but improving oil prices and the IMF’s Stand-By Arrangement could place the country in an upward trajectory.