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  • 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.

    The…

  • 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

    Tell…

  • 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…

  • Cybersecurity–a growing challenge in the Middle East

    Booz Allen Hamilton highlights the alarming cybersecurity issues amongst financial institutions in the Middle East

    Until recently, the risk of data theft and cyberthreats was perceived to be…

  • Braving uncertainties in the Lebanese market

    Lebanon’s financial and economic stability remains dependent on foreign capital inflows and the sustainability of public finances

    Stuck between a rock and a hard place, Lebanon’s…

  • Avoiding another ‘Panama Papers’ scandal

    By Eric Eifert, Senior Vice President of Managed Security Services at DarkMatter, a UAE headquartered cybersecurity specialist that works with governments and enterprises

    Financial firms have…

  • Transaction, interaction, convergence

    Kazem Aminaee, CEO and President of Spire Payments discusses how the point of sale industry has developed since its inception, what lessons have been learnt, and what the future holds.

  • The race towards digital universality

    Franky Van Damme, CEO of CR2, discusses the importance of an omnichannel experience in the banking industry

    Digitisation in the Middle East has taken on a new level, moving faster than expected.…

  • Reaching the masses

    Ishraq Mohammed Al Thebiani, Assistant General Manager of Corporate Communications at The Saudi Investment Bank, discusses marketing and communication strategies

    What are your views…

  • Preparing for the future

    Hussain Al Qemzi, Chairman of Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies discusses human capital competencies in UAE and the larger region.

    How would you describe the current…

  • UAE: key to GCC’s wealth

    Mohammed Bitar, Chief Commercial Officer at National Bonds Corporation, discusses the potential of the wealth management sector in the Gulf

    How would you describe the development of…

  • Inculcating positive change

    Massi Markus, Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group Middle East highlights the importance of both public and private pension schemes for the region.

    What are your…

  • Working towards a functional scheme

    Marcus Gent, Managing Director of Middle East and RTW at Friends Provident International discusses the pensions landscape in the GCC.

    Working in a region without formal pension arrangements…

  • Private equity: maintaining resilience

    The private equity market is believed to require a change in adapting to a new era of ‘normal’

    Against a backdrop of slowing global economy, increasing volatility in public equity…

  • Bahrain’s evolution as a financial centre

    Dr Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board, writes on the development of Kingdom’s financial landscape.

    Ambitious financial centre projects have been among…

  • Post sanctions—a cautious market

    Rovine Chandrasekera, Managing Partner Middle East at Stephenson Harwood provides an analytical outlook on the GCC landscape following the lifting of sanctions on Iran

    Since the lifting…

  • The earnings game

    Binod Shankar, Director and Trainer at Genesis Institute discusses the implications of earning predictions

    You know the old saying ‘The secret to happiness is low expectations’.…

  • Oil drivers from the Kuwait strike to US inventories

    Ole Hansen, Head of Commodity Strategy at Saxo Bank discusses the Brent landscape post Doha talks

    After touching $40/barrel in the aftermath of the failed Doha meeting, Brent crude has since…

  • GCC banking sector enters a new paradigm

    Omar Mahmood, Head of Financial Services for Middle East and South Asia and Partner at KPMG Qatar, discusses the evolving banking landscape in the region.

    It is not ‘new news’ that…

  • Economic crime–an ongoing concern in the Gulf

    PwC highlights alarming levels of concern for awareness of cybersecurity in the Middle East markets

    Cybercrimes across prominent markets in the Middle East are not showing any signs of improvement.…

  • Securing payment transactions

    Johan Gerber, Group Head of Processing Product Management at MasterCard Worldwide, describes what is needed in the payment management system in the Gulf

    Describe the payment security…

  • Collaboration-the key to getting ahead

    Sagheer Mufti explains how ADIB’s collaboration with IBM has enhanced its digital transformation capabilities.

    According to a recent GCC industry survey, a customer will increase business…

  • A promising market segment in the Gulf

    Increasing wealth across the GCC countries cements industry confidence in a potentially thriving private banking market.

    Private banking and wealth management is always seen as a growing opportunistic…

  • Egypt: an uphill battle

    Egypt exercises countermeasures to stimulate its economy on the back of positive external financial support

    Status quo

    Politically embattled since the Arab Revolution,…

  • Banking regulation in the UAE-the delicate balance

    Tien Tai, Partner specialising in banking and finance at Holman Fenwick Willam paints a picture of how new regulations effect the country’s banking system.

    Since the recent global financial…

  • New insurance rules bode well for Qatar

    Mohammed Ali Londe, Assistant Vice President – Analyst, at Moody’s provides an assessment of the Qatar market.

    On 30 March, Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud Al Thani, the governor…

  • Rising demand for professionalism

    Matthew Cowan, Regional Director–Middle East, Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments, highlights the importance of professionalism in conducting business

    Issue:…

  • Impact of IFRS 9 on banks across the Gulf

    The International Financial Reporting Standard 9 (IFRS 9) replaces International Accounting Standard 39 (IAS 39), and will impact banks’ financial statements, with loss calculations the most…

  • 2016: A matter of check and balance

    Volatility and sluggish growth remains as the two central themes for 2016, but sentiments remain positive

    Global market volatility and decreasing growth rates across the world has substantially…

  • Oman turns to new economic horizons

    Amidst several setbacks in narratives last year, Oman remains resilient to weather the unfavourable economic and financial backdrop.

    Things have been relatively challenging for the coastal…

  • Facing the fintech disruption

    Cyril GourpPrincipal A.T. Kearney and Mukund Bhatnagar, Principal A.T. Kearney discuss what banks can do to add value to their…

  • GCC banking-breaking away from oil

    Robert Abboud, MENA Financial Services Advisory Leader, EY gives an overview of what the overall GCC banking sector will face going forward in the face of poor oil prices

    The GCC banking sector…

  • 'You had me at Abu Dhabi'

    Mark Peters, Head, Private Clients and Wealth Management – ADCB explains why it is so important to have a local private bank that knows its clients business from A to Z

    ADCB launched…

  • Saudi Arabia: Life after oil

    In October, the IMF’s gloomy prediction that Saudi Arabia could be bankrupt by 2020 made headlines around the world; but with tiny Government debt and massive fiscal reserves, surely things can’t…

  • Directing SME growth

    New regulations by the Egyptian central bank require a significant increase in SME lending from every bank, potentially strengthening the sector but weakening loan books.
    On 11 January…

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