- ibq reports 14 per cent increase in net income in Q1 2017
- A.M. Best affirms credit ratings of National Life and General Insurance Company SAOC
- Ras Al Khaimah’s Foreign Trade grows 11.8 per cent in 2016
- Fitch assigns 'A+' rating to Saudi Arabia's Sukuk
- IMA rolls out certification for strategy and comparative analysis
- Alpha Star lists $500 million Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai
- Byblos Bank/AUB CCI: momentum in consumer confidence slows down in Q1 2017
- Dar Al-Arkan lists of $500 million Sukuk on Nasdaq Dubai
- National Bank of Bahrain reports BHD 14.74 million in profits for the first quarter
- OMR 50 million 2013 Sukuk issued by Modern Sukuk S.A.O.C. omBBB+ rating affirmed
Beirut and Beyond...
Salim G. Sfeir, Chairman & General Manager, Bank of Beirut
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Gateway to the World
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The IRS goes global
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Determining actual value
Simon Townsend, Director—Head Valuation & Consulting, CBRE Middle East clarifies the importance of correct assessments in real estate transactions.
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Are banks listening?
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There is no doubt that technological advances in…
Room for improvement
Nabilah Annuar, Editor of Banker Middle East, speaks to Ihab Khalil and Massi Markus, both Partners and Managing Directors at BCG Middle East on the current state of the private…
The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…
M&A deals are on the up but many risk destroying brand value
Brand due-dilligence a crucial matter that should be thoroughly assessed in a consolidation exercise, says Sholto Lindsay-Smith, Chief Executive at Industry Partners.
Seven finance predictions for 2017
If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.
There is much that has…
With macroeconomic conditions slow to improve, the impact of low oil prices continue to create dents in the balance sheets of hydrocarbon-reliant sovereigns. Perhaps realising that conditions may not…
Staying ahead in the game
Arjun Kalra, a Principal in Crowe Horwath Risk Consulting, discusses the anti-money laundering landscape in the UAE and how it compares on a global platform.
Describe the AML landscape…
Brexit cliff: the scale ahead and the descent next
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Fostering continental development
In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East Editor, Nabilah Annuar, Dr. R. Seetharaman, Group Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank provides an insight on the bank’s performance and direction…
Benchmarking human resources in finance
Talal Bayaa, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Bayzat, discusses the advantages of automation in human resources for financial institutions.
Human resources (HR) departments in financial…
Are regional banks immune to cyberattacks?
Nader Henein, Regional Director, Advanced Security Solutions—Advisory Division, BlackBerry discusses potential prevention mechanisms to enhance security in financial transactions.
The state of MENA
In an exclusive interview on the sidelines of the World Government Summit 2017, Nabilah Annuar sat down with Dimitris Tsitsiragos, Vice President for New Business at the International Finance Corporation…
Is bitcoin the new safe haven for investors?
Looking at how bitcoin has been well-received in various markets including the UAE, Mark Leigh, Chief Operating Officer at Xtrade advocates that it is an investment that is worth contemplating.…
Getting back on track
Amidst many difficulties Saudi Arabia may be facing, on the back of the Kingdom’s reforms, the economy is resilient enough to weather the storm.
Saudi Arabia will experience an interesting…
A new rule: digital payments and virtual currencies
The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems in a nutshell.
The Central Bank of the UAE on the 1 January 2017 issued the Regulatory Framework for Stored…
V.Ramkumar, Senior Partner at CEDAR Management Consulting provides an outlook on the UAE banking sector for 2017.
The year 2016 has been an interesting and challenging year for banks and the…
Bond markets in acceleration
Dr. Nawazish Mirza, Associate Professor of Finance and Director Industry Interface Projects at SP Jain School of Global Management provides an analysis of trends across the GCC’s debt capital…
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…
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
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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…
The final countdown
Sue Lloyd, Vice-Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board explains the workings of the impairment element of the IFRS 9 standard.
In 2018, a new accounting standard that will have…
The week ahead: politics to overshadow macroeconomics
After a very busy week of central banks meetings, economic data outcomes, and earnings across the globe, investors’ attention will shift again to politics–a move…
Fed acts on facts, not assumptions
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FXTM analysis–global stocks selloff, beginning of a reversal?
Regardless of their feelings towards President Trump, investors seek opportunities, and markets were rallying on the President’s commitments to reduce taxes, deregulate…
Markets subdued as momentum against Trump's immigration ban grows
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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.
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…
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