- 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
Greenback took a double hit
The US dollar remained on the defensive early Thursday, after yesterday’s declines led by increased uncertainty over another US rate hike in 2017 and President Donald Trump’s…
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…
Mind the (gender) gap
The gender gap in the workplace must be addressed by women driving the change they want to see.
GCC women run SMEs worth AED 1.4 trillion, driving…
Stocks recover as geopolitical tensions ease; safe havens plunging
After suffering the steepest weekly declines since March, S&P 500 futures are indicating a positive opening for US stocks, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…
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.
With discrepancies becoming more prevalent in employment applications, recruiters need to start running more stringent background checks.
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,…
Can OPEC revive oil bulls?
There was little excitement in the oil markets during Tuesday’s trading session; with investors on guard as OPEC and Non-OPEC members discussed compliance levels on their…
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…
Interns–diamonds in the rough
Hiring interns versus employees can be a viable financial option for SMEs while a start-up, in turn, can offer valuable work experience and training.
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…
FXTM: Is it time to buy the US dollar?
Six months ago it was hard to believe that the Greenback will be plummeting against all of its major peers; the Fed was the only central bank tightening monetary policy, economic…
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…
Count your pennies
SME owners need to review their business costs regularly to ensure they do not escalate unnecessarily.
Small business owners are generally…
Oman, oil, and its outlook
As Oman moves away from relying on oil revenues, the Government is looking towards the private sector and foreign investment, writes Marcus Turner-Jones.…
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.…
Divided Fed keeps markets directionless; oil recovers slightly
Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting on 13-14 June showed that monetary policy members were split over the timing of shrinking the balance sheet.…
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…
BIS experts go on record: Has global economic sentiment swung too far?
On-the-record remarks by Claudio Borio, Head of the Monetary and Economic Department, 21 June 2017 on the latest BIS Annual Report 2017As last year's Annual Report went to print, gloom prevailed, in…
Extraterritorial application of US labour laws in the UAE
This article, by Gordon Barr and Natalie Jones, considers the extraterritorial application of US employment laws in the UAE.
It is well understood that UAE…
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…
Building intimacy with shoppers both online and in stores
Retail brands are trying to become more than just shops that we visit, instead, they are becoming an ethos that we buy into, or a trusted friend that we can turn…
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…
Top five things recruiters notice on your LinkedIn profile
Justin McGuire, CEO, MCG Group, a digital and creative recruitment agency shares a few insights into what recruiters look for in a LinkedIn profile and what candidates…
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…