Thursday 07, June 2012    |   The business of banking

Standing Strong

  • 18    Facebook flop

    Just what the banking world needs now,another scandal! Facebook, the biggest technology IPO in history, has turned into a quagmire of blame - and banks…

  • 24    Waving the Brazilian flage

    Brazil’s former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso and one of Latin America’s largest banks, Itaú Unibanco,are scouring the Middle…

  • 34    Going for gold

    The age of the digital currency has arrived. Consumers the world over are increasingly relying on electronic payments to spend their money, and Olympic…

  • 50    Insurance set to boom

    The GCC insurance industry is relatively small when compared to other regions, but it is on course for robust growth, aided by government spending…

Latest stories

  • Turkey gains ground in global Sukuk market

    International law firm White & Case, sheds light on the potential of Islamic finance in the Turkish market.

    As a fast growing emerging market and a major economy with its unique geostrategic…

  • Kuwait on stable grounds

    In spite of continued volatility and depressed oil prices in the region, the country’s banking and financial landscape remain steady bolstered by strong government support, well-capitalised entities…

  • Conquering GCC and the world

    Philippe Ghanem, CEO of ADS Securities stresses the importance of preparedness and anticipation in manoeuvring through volatile and uncertain times.

    How has the financial industry changed…

  • Deutsche Bank disaster: the effect on emerging markets

    The problems of Deutsche Bank and other international financial institutions could adversely affect emerging markets, writes Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investment.

    The financial…

  • Commitment to the people

    Banker Middle East’s Retail Banker of the Year, Hamed Fayez, Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Retail Banking Group at National Commercial Bank discusses consumer finance trends…

  • Investors go alternative

    Luba Nikulina, Global Head of Manager Research at Willis Towers Watson, discusses the progress of the alternative asset management, which has reached $6.2 trillion.

    Diversity and yield have…

  • IFRS 9: where are banks right now?

    In an engaging roundtable dialogue, UAE bankers deliberate on the obstacles they face in their race to compliance.

    Market observers and industry participants have long pointed out that IFRS…

  • Saudi Vision 2030: roadmap to financial services innovation

    Real-time analytics, risk management and omni-channels are the foundation for improving business environment and supporting SMEs, says SAP.

    The banking and financial services industry has always…

  • Staying ahead of the curve

    Pankaj Kundra, Head of Payments at Mashreq, paints his picture of the future in payment solutions

    What are your views on the development of payment solutions in this region?

  • The value of healthcare investments

    In turbulent times, many firms make exits, scrambling towards safer pastures such as consumer staples and healthcare. In an exclusive interview, Karim El Alaoui, Managing Director at Boehringer Ingelheim…

  • Creativity in financial engineering

    Norman Villamin, Chief Investment Officer, Private Banking, Union Bancaire Privée speaks exclusively to Banker Middle East on how private banks are distinguishing themselves…

  • The unsettling lack of financial aid for SMEs

    Markus Massi, Partner & Managing Director of BCG Middle East, highlights the pivotal role of banks in unlocking SME growth in the GCC.

    Today, around the world, small and medium-sized enterprises…

  • Who played the trump card?

    A shockwave of disbelief went round the world when Donald J. Trump was elected the next President of the US [I think he may even have been slightly surprised himself]. As the swathe of red swept across…

  • Private equity: a survival of the fittest

    Tushar Singhvi, VP Corporate Development & Investments at Crescent Enterprises provides his views on how private equity firms can maintain a sense of control in GCC’s changing business landscape.

  • FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot for the Middle East & North Africa – November 2016

    It’s a tough road ahead for the MENA region despite OPEC’s deal in FocusEconomics Economic Snapshot for the MENA region this November.

    Economic activity in the Middle East and North…

  • Iran—nine months on

    Chris Macbeth, Till Müller-Ibold and Paul Marquardt of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton shed light on the business environment in Iran following the lifting of sanctions, and how it could…

  • An outlook on the Saudi debt market

    Philipp Good, Head of Portfolio Management, Fisch Asset Management, discusses the potential of Saudi Arabia’s debt capital market.

    Saudi debt market anticipation has, first and foremost,…

  • Oil and wars continue to be the bane of the Middle East

    The IMF expects a 3.5 per cent regional growth this year in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region, but governments still need to implement long-term sustainability reforms to ride out tougher…

  • Jordan in transition

    Regional geopolitical conflicts continues to pressure the Jordanian economy, but with external support in place and possible improving sentiments, not all is depressing for the Kingdom.


  • The future of payments—correspondent banking fights back

    Khaled Moharem, Head of Middle East & North Africa at SWIFT talks about the rapidly evolving nature of the payments landscape and SWIFT’s global payments initiative

    We are living…

  • Taking a piece of the pie

    Vince Cook, CEO, National Bank of Fujairah sheds light on the setting up of NBF Islamic and his views of Islamic finance in the UAE.

    NBF Islamic was a natural—and timely—response…

  • Reaching out to Egypt

    Banker Middle East sits down with Shaker Zainal, Head of Retail at Mashreq Egypt, to discuss his strategic vision for Mashreq’s promising Egyptian arm.

    Embarking on a journey with a goal…

  • Finding common ground on currency and reform

    A new IMF programme, a new VAT law, potential currency devaluation—it has been a busy few months for Egypt.On 11 August, Egypt and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reached…

  • Beyond digital

    Mohammed Areff, Vice President at Avaya Middle East, Africa and Turkey, highlights why banks in the Middle East need to do more with their digitisation strategies if they want to meet the challenges…

  • The Middle East backdrop

    Market players discuss the development of family offices in the region and the way forward.

    Family offices are typically set up for investment management purposes. A recent EY report pointed…

  • Leading the way

    Whether developing an Islamic banking framework or innovating new ways to reach retail consumers, Bank of Khartoum has often pioneered the market—and now it looks further afield than Sudan, says…

  • Exploring Palestine

    Ahmad HajHasan, CEO, The National Bank, Palestine, provides an insight into the Palestinian banking sector, its challenges and the way forward.

    The banking sector in Palestine is a solid market…

  • FocusEconomics: Economic Snapshot for the Middle East & North Africa - September 2016

    All eyes on a potential oil cap deal at September’s meeting in FocusEconomics Economic Snapshot for the MENA region this September.

    A comprehensive dataset showed that growth in the Middle…

  • Onwards and upwards

    Hisham AlRayes, Chief Executive Officer of GFH Financial Group discusses the investment bank’s direction and pipeline moving into 2017, amidst challenging macroeconomic conditions.


  • A vision for Saudi Arabia’s future

    Mark Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group provides a commentary on the feasibility of Vision 2030.

    In Saudi Arabia, it was clear that one of the biggest issues—if…

  • Creating a cashless economy

    Ozgur Ozvardar, Vice President and General Manager of Verifone MENA, discusses the electronic payments landscape and the role it aims to play in the region.

    In the Middle East, we assume that…

  • Keeping up with constant change

    Luke Ellyard, Partner, Financial Services at KPMG UAE, provides an insight into the effects of implementing Basel III.

    In 2015, the Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) published…

  • Tying up loose ends

    Michael Lynch, Chief Strategy Officer at InAuth discusses the importance of tightening mobile banking security.

    Any discussion on banking cybersecurity trends in the Middle East invariably has…

  • Social media accelerates bank growth

    GCC banks should look beyond social media as a simple marketing tool but rather see it as an essential factor in customer interaction, says Orient Planet Research

    The GCC banking sector has…

  • A cashless economy is the way forward

    Experts weigh in on recent and upcoming policy shifts in Egypt’s bid to go cashless and inclusive.

    Moody’s Investor Services estimates that SME clients make up just…

  • Servicing a massive labour market

    Having won several accolades from Banker Middle East this year, including the Best Remittance Award in KSA, National Commercial Bank discusses the forex landscape in the Kingdom

  • Cross border transactions: shape up or ship out

    Dr. Saeeda Jaffar and James Daniell of Alvarez and Marsal investigate cross-border transactions.

    At a global level, the tightening of banking regulations…

  • Creating opportunity in adversity

    Michel Longhini, CEO of Private Banking at Union Bancaire Privée examines the private banking landscape in the GCC, its challenges and opportunities, amidst a tough global economic backdrop

  • Improving operational efficiency

    Greg Rung, Partner at Oliver Wyman’s Financial Services practise in the MEA region illustrates how to enable a bank to boost productivity by 25 per cent while operating at a 35 per cent cost-income…

  • Challenging times ahead for Turkey

    Following its meteoric rise in the last few years, Turkey has now become embattled with slow economic growth, geopolitical stresses and lower central bank reserves—but not all is bleak.


  • A time of re-evaluation

    Markus Massi, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group Middle East sheds light on the emerging trends in GCC’s ever-changing sovereign wealth fund landscape

    It is no secret…

  • Balancing the scales

    The largest SME bank in the UAE, RAKBANK plans to expand market share and take on all market segments in 2016 and beyond

    How would you describe RAKBANK's performance in 2015?

  • NBAD and FGB's prospective merger process

    The amalgamation will combine the strengths of both banks, creating a massive entity—the largest banking institution in MENA.

    Word started to spread in…

  • Expected headwinds for GCC banks

    Tighter monetary policy and liquidity squeeze expected to weigh on GCC banks, explains Jaap Meijer, Managing Director, Equity Research at Arqaam Capital.

    Headwinds from significant fiscal consolidation…

  • Weighing on Brexit

    UK’s decision to leave believed to have minimal impact on GCC and the wider region.

    Dreaded by some and unexpected by most, UK’s unprecedented move to leave the EU has left global…

  • Tapping into Australia’s property sector

    Alande Mustafa Safi, Managing Director and Investment Specialist at Paragon Business Group provides an insight into its new fund and foreign investor behaviour towards Australia


  • Achievement of a lifetime

    Patrice Couvegnes, Group CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi’s discusses his ambitions as the bank operates in a new economic climate

    What are the driving factors of BSF's fiscal performance…

  • Stimulating trade activity

    Casey Bell, Head of Trade Credit GCC at AIG says that the trade credit insurance sector is set to bolster UAE trade, especially in volatile times.

    Increased use of trade credit insurance and…

  • Pensions in the Middle East

    Michael Brough, Director in Willis Towers Watson’s International Consulting Group, provides an insight into the current state of the GCC pensions system.

    Social security is offered to…

  • GCC insurance market contributes to the economy

    Cedric Charpentier, Chief Sales and Distribution Officer at AXA Gulf, explains the resilience of the insurance market in the region.

    With evolving economic conditions, the GCC insurance markets…

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