- AIM Startup forms partnerships with key Saudi institutions to boost MENA start-up funding
- Etihad and Citi announce completion of project six months early
- Dubai Economy and DIHRD launch diploma in commercial compliance and consumer protection
- Reports: Demir Avigdor appointed to MD of Standard Chartered
- Bahrain Finance Minister: Great potential for public-private partnership
- FAB awards luxury cars to customers
- Digital Shadows raises $26 million to expand its digital risk management service
- Saxo Bank joins Copenhagen Fintech marking its 25th anniversary as fintech pioneer
- UAE e-commerce site Wadi becomes operationally profitable
- DXB Entertainments agrees a subordinated shareholder loan with Meraas
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…
Can employee debt sabotage your bottom line?
How much do you know about your employees’ finances? This is a question Nausheen Popat, Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Lifecare is asking all business…
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…
All eyes forward
Hassan Abdalla, CEO, Arab African International Bank (AAIB) sat down with Banker Africa to discuss the bank’s sustainable finance practices. How do you define sustainable finance?…
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…
VAT in the GCC: what does it mean for your business?
On 1 January 2018, value-added tax (VAT) will come into effect for the first time in United Arab Emirates. Naturally, small businesses are concerned about the financial and operational…
Why a strong incentive programme brings genuine ROI to your company
Incentive or ‘pay for performance’ programmes provide a disciplined way to motivate staff to achieve their best, they add to the overall proposition for attracting and retaining…
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…
Telltale signs you cannot handle your company’s finances
Every entrepreneur needs finance skills. But not every entrepreneur has them, according to Neil Petch, Chairman at Virtugroup.
Most entrepreneurs will have bags of acumen…
What does a government shutdown mean for the US markets?
After stocks and the dollar surged on Tuesday, following a Politico report that Trump’s team have taken a significant step on tax reforms, the President’s threats on…
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…
FXTM: Politics and central bankers under investors’ radar
FXTM Chief Market Strategist Hussein Sayed comments on why politics and central bankers are currently under investors’ radar.…
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…
Greenback took a double hit
The US dollar remained on the defensive early Thursday, after yesterday’s declines led by increased uncertainty over another US rate hike in 2017 and President Donald Trump’s…
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…
Mind the (gender) gap
The gender gap in the workplace must be addressed by women driving the change they want to see.
GCC women run SMEs worth AED 1.4 trillion, driving…
Stocks recover as geopolitical tensions ease; safe havens plunging
After suffering the steepest weekly declines since March, S&P 500 futures are indicating a positive opening for US stocks, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist…
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.
With discrepancies becoming more prevalent in employment applications, recruiters need to start running more stringent background checks.
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…
Boosting and incentivising investments
Dr Abou Shoka, founder of Cairo-based legal firm, Abou Shoka Law, sheds light on Egypt’s recently passed Investment Law.
Egypt’s long-awaited investment laws were passed in May,…
Can OPEC revive oil bulls?
There was little excitement in the oil markets during Tuesday’s trading session; with investors on guard as OPEC and Non-OPEC members discussed compliance levels on their…
Markets in sleep mode, VIX drops below 10
Despite the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting record highs on Monday, the news barely made headlines, which could be explained by the scale of the moves, according…
Interns–diamonds in the rough
Hiring interns versus employees can be a viable financial option for SMEs while a start-up, in turn, can offer valuable work experience and training.
Creating a win-win state
Will value-added tax be a game changer in the UAE? Dr Allen Baby, Faculty at Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies, Dubai tackles this question.
Over four decades, the UAE has…
A subdued growth
The volume of deals concluded in the first half of 2017 dropped compared to last year nevertheless debt capital markets continue to post steady progress.
An investment banking analysis of the…
FXTM: Is it time to buy the US dollar?
Six months ago it was hard to believe that the Greenback will be plummeting against all of its major peers; the Fed was the only central bank tightening monetary policy, economic…
Growth amidst uncertainty
Banker Middle East sat down with Ahmed Saud Ghouth, Chief Executive Officer of Alkhabeer Capital, to talk about the firm’s seven consecutive years of record growth amidst market uncertainty,…
What makes a great modern CFO?
Samuel Dergel, Principal at Dergel Executive Search
Accounting may be a technical field, but the modern finance department cannot thrive on technical skills alone. Every client I speak with…
DIFC courts enforce United States judgment for the first time
by Peter Smith - email@example.com - Dubai, UAEPeter Smith examines the recent, groundbreaking judgement of Justice Sir Richard Field…
Banking on mobility in the GCC
Mobility drives more digital disruption and customer loyalty in global banking, writes Zaki El Khoury, Head of Sales UAE, Levant, North Africa and Country Manager—Lebanon at Orange Business Services.…
Leveraging fintech opportunities in the Middle East
Bana Akkad Azhari, Head of Sales & Relationship Management MENA and the CIS, Treasury Services EMEA at BNY Mellon, discusses the potential of fintech to transform the financial landscape in the…
New frameworks for risk management?
The Banker Middle East Roundtable on challenges in liquidity risk management and interest rate risk in the banking book was held in Riyadh, KSA, on 23 May 2017.
The roundtable, the…
The week ahead: Draghi’s turn to drag the euro?
Last week the greenback was the biggest loser among all major currencies, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.
Corporate Palestine harnesses individual expertise
Nisreen Musleh, Board Member of Arab Islamic Bank (April 2016 – April 2017), provides an insight into her experience operating in a turbulent market.
I have recently completed serving…
UAE remains a bright spot for private banking
Bruno Daher, CEO of Credit Suisse Middle East and North Africa, conveys his optimism on the private banking sector in the UAE.The year 2016 was marked with a series of unexpected events—from…
Count your pennies
SME owners need to review their business costs regularly to ensure they do not escalate unnecessarily.
Small business owners are generally…
Oman, oil, and its outlook
As Oman moves away from relying on oil revenues, the Government is looking towards the private sector and foreign investment, writes Marcus Turner-Jones.…
SWF: regional trends
In the shifting regional dynamic of sovereign wealth funds, what is the future outlook? Ihab Khalil, Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group Middle East writes.…
Divided Fed keeps markets directionless; oil recovers slightly
Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting on 13-14 June showed that monetary policy members were split over the timing of shrinking the balance sheet.…
Despite geopolitical risks that continue to loom over the country, the formation of a new government gives renewed hope for the nation.
Following a 29 month presidential absence in the country,…
IFC Invests in leading Palestinian VC fund to support start-ups and drive growth
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest $1 million in Ibtikar Fund, a leading Palestinian venture capital fund with a focus on accelerator-based investments…
Keeping in check
Banker Middle East catches up with Bryan Stirewalt, Managing Director, Supervision at Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to discuss the current state of financial regulation at the…
Yen supported by geopolitical risk
The Japanese Yen appreciated against its major counterparts during Tuesday’s trading session as investors adopted a cautious approach following reports of North Korea conducting…