Thursday 19, July 2012    |   The business of banking

Banking on Growth

  • 16    DAVOS of the Middle East

    Turkey played host to the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Central Asia regions. The financial crisis, Arab revolutions…

  • 20    Moody’s wields the axe… again!

    Moody’s Investors Service does it again.The credit rating agency downgrades 15 banks, including some of the world’s largest financial institutions…

  • 24    Relationships matter

    Alpen Capital was recently honoured as the ‘Best Investment Bank’ at the Banker Middle East Industry Awards 2012. CEO Rohit…

Latest stories

  • Making strides in Iraq and beyond

    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Faisal Al Haimus, Chairman at Trade Bank of Iraq provides an insight into the bank’s growth and its expansion plans for 2017.


  • The rise of open banking

    Chris Truce, Director, Platform Development at Saxo Bank highlights emerging trends and developments that are re-shaping banking technology.

    For years, mid-tier banks have been told they’re…

  • Designing a self-protecting app to secure our modern mobile kingdoms

    Marwan Elnakat, Mobile App & eTransaction Security Manager for Middle East & Africa at Gemalto discusses the importance of adopting a defence system that is based on a layered approach.

  • Revolutionising retail banking

    Charles Habak, Principal, Financial Services at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses the state of retail banking in the region.

    Describe the development of retail banking in MENA.

  • What’s in a colour?

    James Packer, Managing Director at Industry discusses the determining factors in positioning GCC banks for success in a digital-first world.

    For banks in the UAE, standing out from competitors…

  • FXTM Analysis–Trump optimism fails to send the dollar higher

    FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed comments on the S&P 500 breaching the $20 trillion market cap.

    After the Dow Jones…

  • Fujairah emerging

    Oil traders eye Middle East’s new frontiers as the Port of Fujairah leads UAE to become an energy hub alongside global heavyweights, says Jonty Rushforth, Head of Pricing at S&P Global Platts.

  • Adjusting to a new environment

    Waleed Barhaji, Business Head of Consumer Finance at Noor Bank discusses the UAE’s macroeconomic environment and developments that have taken place in the country’s banking sector.

  • Markets struggling to find direction–FXTM

    Greece is back in the headlines as the IMF clashes with the Euro zone over the future of the heavy indebted country, according to FXTM Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed.

  • Preserving excellence

    Speaking exclusively to Nabilah Annuar, Editor, Banker Middle East, Mubarak Abdullah Al-Khafrah, Chairman of Alawwal Bank discusses the significance of the bank’s recent rebranding exercise…

  • Central banks and data back in focus

    Although Donald Trump policies will remain to be the key moving indicators for financial markets in the days and weeks to come, central banks and economic data will attract some attention the…

  • A tripartite pact

    Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar to create largest Islamic bank in Qatar in a potential merger which could materialise in the next six months.

    Masraf Al Rayan, Barwa…

  • UBS House View February 2017–Uncovering opportunities

    Mark Haefele, Global Chief Investment Officer, Wealth Management, UBS wrote from the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, where the threat of populism…

  • Investors look to the week ahead...

    Traders hoping for volatility to pick up are likely to be lucky in the week ahead with many key moving events, by Hussein Al Sayed, Chief Market Strategist, FXTM

    For the past two months markets…

  • The UAE Bankruptcy Law - an overview

    The new bankruptcy law has been introduced under Federal Law No. 9 of 2016 (The Bankruptcy law) and applies to companies formed under the Commercial Companies Law, and companies formed in a free…

  • Overcoming threats posed by falsified credentials

    Harshul Joshi, Senior Vice President of Cyber Governance, Risk and Compliance at DarkMatter sheds light on global hacks committed through falsified credentials and how banks in the Middle East are…

  • Strategy execution: the holy grail of business

    Cedar Chairman, Sanjiv Anand discusses his latest business title Execution Excellence: Making Strategy Work Using the Balanced Scorecard.

    Tell us about your latest book, Execution…

  • Customer demand, technology and innovation

    Raghu Malhotra, President, Middle East & Africa at MasterCard sat down with Banker Middle East at the Innovation Forum in Budapest to discuss its direction going into 2017.


  • FXTM Analysis - What to watch in the week ahead?

    FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed provides market updates as we roll into the second week of 2017.

    Major US indices hitting…

  • Is the Trump rally over?

    by Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTMThe US dollar is being sold across the board early Thursday as traders continued to digest yesterday’s Fed minutes. Although most Fed officials…

  • PR trends that brands shouldn't ignore in 2017

    Time runs fast, and as many other things Public Relations and the overall way of communication have gone through an amazing transformation over the past years, according…

  • A means to an end

    Dr. Nasser Al Saidi, Founder and President of Nasser Saidi & Associates, explains to Banker Middle East the implementation of VAT and Excise Tax in UAE and the wider GCC.

    The precipitous…

  • In 2017: one good and two bad news for the world economy

    By Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank"There are two types of problems in life, political problems that are insoluble and economic problems that are incomprehensible", according…

  • Qatar in the clear—for now

    Qatar is still in a strong financial and economic position, however this may change a few years down the line.

    Since the fall in oil prices last year, Qatar has survived relatively well. The…

  • The cautious optimist

    Banker Middle East catches up with Omar Bouhadiba, Managing Director of ibq, to discuss his plans for the bank next year and his outlook on 2017.

    Describe ibq's growth trajectory…

  • Markets in holiday mode, volatility not ruled out

    Written by Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM

    With less traders on their desks and most investors planning were to spend their New Year’s Eve; markets have…

  • The golden triangle

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Abu Dhabi provides a detailed explanation of UAE’s new insolvency laws and how it relates to the Commercial Companies Law and the Competition…

  • 2017: a perspective

    Eversheds is optimistic on how 2017 will pan out for the Middle East on the back of new reforms and a positive growth projection.

    It’s been a busy year for law-makers across the Middle…

  • It's time to wake up and smell the coffee

    Mick Fennell, General Manager Volante Technologies, Middle East & Africa elaborates on the importance of financial messaging and the regulatory environment surrounding it.

    These days any…

  • Creating better value for minority shareholders in unlisted securities

    Abdul Wahab Al Mutawa, Board Member and CEO of Al Mal Investment Company, speaks to Banker Middle East about the company’s latest product, Takharoj, and its unprecedented service in…

  • The need to teach old dogs new tricks

    Marco Baggioli, Executive Managing Director—Global Head of Brokerage at ADS Securities highlights the prospects in the region and urges the global brokerage industry to adapt to technological…

  • Qatari vision leading into the future

    Catching up with Fahad Al Khalifa, Group CEO of Al Khaliji Commercial Bank, Banker Middle East discusses Qatar’s banking landscape and the bank’s future endeavours.

  • Adapting for future growth

    Michel Longhini, CEO Private Banking, at Union Bancaire Privée highlights the tighter regulatory environment in cross-border transactions and private banks should manoeuvre in tough conditions.

  • 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…

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