Thursday 24, January 2013    |   The business of banking

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  • 28    Business is booming

    Global Islamic banking assets are set to reach $1.8 trillion in 2013, top 20 Islamic banks show growth of 16 per cent a year for the last three years.

  • 36    What the experts predict

    What's in store for the coming 12 months? We speak to experts, investors and analysts both within and outside the Middle East region for their views…

  • 48    Failure is not an option

    Steps are bieng taken to address the problem of banks that are 'too big to fail'.

Latest stories

  • Improving market sentiments


    Vijay Valecha, Chief Market Analyst at Century Financial Brokers, provides Banker Middle East a comprehensive review of financial markets since the start of 2018.

  • Saudi banking's first lady


    In an exclusive interview, Banker Middle East speaks to Rania Nashar, Chief Executive of Samba Financial Group and the first female CEO of a listed Saudi Arabian commercial…

  • Market's wild ride not over yet


    Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, comments on the market’s volatility.

    Investors across the globe are finding it difficult time currently…

  • Challenges on the path to achieving impact


    Management need to be clear and fully committed to their objectives, says Tariq Hameed, Senior Director at Alvarez & Marsal's Financial Institutions Advisory Services…

  • Al Rajhi Bank: Looking to the future


    In a conversation with Robin Amlôt, Consultant at CPI Financial, Steve Bertamini, CEO of Al Rajhi Bank, talks about the bank’s performance in 2017 and its plans in the…

  • Getting regulation ready


    In an exclusive interview, Banker Middle East sits down with Patrick Gearon, Partner at Charles Russel Speechlys, to discuss the regulatory environment surrounding financial…

  • Deepening GCC-Asia petrochemical ties


    Hetain Mistry, Managing Analyst—Petrochemicals at S&P Global Platts, suggests a rapid re-think of the playbook for Gulf exporters to sustain a competitive edge.

  • Banking's new horizon


    Tony Long, CEO of CPI Financial, shares his thoughts on the future of banking.


    The future. It’s always interesting…

  • 2018: a better year for GCC banks


    Banker Middle East looks at how improving economic conditions and strong capitalisation underpin the resilience and stability of financial institutions.


  • The new black


    Oil may finally stop dominating the conversation in 2018, thanks to the UAE’s safe-haven status, sound banks and diversified economy.

    The UAE has faced…

  • VAT challenges for UAE insurers could hurt 2018 performance


    Although the relevant authorities have made it clear over the past few months that all insurance policies—with the exception of life insurance—are subject to the levy,…

  • Is there value in emerging market bonds?


    Craig Mackenzie, Senior Investment Strategist at Aberdeen Standard Investment, explains that value is in emerging market bonds rather than US equities.


  • Plugging the finance gap


    Speaking to Banker Middle East, George Traub, Managing Partner at Lumina Capital Advisers provides an insight into the realities of mid-market capital dearth. 

  • Bruised dollar not finding support


    Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, comments on the extent of the dollar’s decline over the last week.


  • Prioritising future solutions


    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Simon Eedle, Regional Head, Middle East at Natixis, discusses his vision for the bank’s future.


  • Are we there yet?

    Tariq Qaqish, Managing Director—Asset Management at Menacorp, lays down his projections for the second half of 2017.

    The longest bull market of over eight years with no meaningful correction…

  • Championing Palestine

    As long as regional political tensions continue, economic recovery in Palestine will forever be an uphill battle.

    Thrown into recession in 2014 by the Gaza war, the Palestinian economy has nonetheless…

  • Fool-proofing the IFRS 9

    Unified standards and effective implementation of integrated reporting is crucial for long-term success in the GCC, asserts Michael Armstrong, FCA and ICAEW Regional Director for the Middle East, Africa…

  • FXTM: What to watch for


    Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM Key discusses the key events to watch in the week ahead.

    The US dollar and stocks made a fantastic run towards the end of last week…

  • Breaking old habits

    Saudi Arabia continues to grapple with oil dependency and unemployment as it pursues its long-term diversification agenda.

    Saudi Arabia’s economy is expected to contract slightly in 2017…

  • Crossing boundaries

    Alande Mustafa Safi, Managing Director of Paragon Business Group, talks about the burgeoning potential down under and his vision for 2018.

    Paragon Business Group is the parent company and the…

  • FXTM: What to expect from the BoE


    Today’s Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) announcement is the main event of the week, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, adding…

  • After BoC hike, will the ECB announce the end of QE?


    Currency traders were in action on Wednesday, with a couple of unanticipated events causing some wild swings in FX markets, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…

  • Data analytics: is this the future of audit?

    The possibilities for data analytics technology to change audit are enormous. Whether it’s identifying fraud, financial or business operational risks, big data and analytics could help auditors…

  • Politics are not the only risk on the horizon

    Toby Nangle, Head of Multi-Asset, EMEA and Maya Bhandari, Multi-Asset Portfolio Manager at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, examine the risks looming on the horizon for financial markets and details…

  • A long way to breaching $50/barrel

    Pierre Melki, Equity Analyst Global Equity Research at Union Bancaire Privée, provides a commentary on the oil market.

    Year to date, the MSCI Energy is underperforming the MSCI World…

  • Renewables: realising the potential

    Diego Biasi, ‎Co-Founder & CEO, Quercus Investment Partners discusses the potential of renewables and green energy for the MENA region.

    Describe the development of the renewable…

  • Investors on the sidelines ahead of Jackson Hole summit


    FXTM’s Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed, comments on the US equity markets and potential outcomes from the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium.


  • The Sukuk and economic development for the Silk Road

    In his opening address on 21 August 2017, at a forum held at Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University, Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre discusses the opportunities…

  • A new avenue of opportunity

    Philip Hoffman, Founder and CEO of The Fine Art Group, sheds light on the rise of investments in fine art in the Middle East.

    The art market has evened out in recent years. The European Fine…

  • 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…

  • 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.


  • 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…

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