Sunday 06, November 2011    |   The business of banking

Moving Forward

  • 19    To the power of three

    Qatar Financial Centre aims to be destination of choice for asset management, reinsurance and captive insurance.

  • 26    Be first. Be smarter. Or Cheart.

    Margin Call offers a humanised introduction to 'financial crisis-lite' as la-la-land continues to try to make sense of the recent past...

  • 48    Three quarters of a very full year

    MENA banks' profitability continues to show further signs of improvement.

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  • Brexit cliff: the scale ahead and the descent next

    Mihir Kapadia, CEO and Founder of Sun Global Investments sheds light on the implications of the Brexit vote and its prospects for investments in the MENA region.

    Britain is on the verge of undertaking…

  • Commodities lower as funds scale out

    The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according to

  • 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…

  • Managing expectations

    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…

  • 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…

  • 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

    Investors hoping for more clarity on the path of US interest rates were disappointed on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left the fed funds target unchanged at 0.5–0.75 per cent, and…

  • 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

    Although it is expected and understood that the UK will be aiming to strengthen relationships around the world following the result of the EU Referendum, it is uncertain how…

  • 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…

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