Monday 20, February 2017    |   The business of banking

Making strides in Iraq and beyond

  • 10    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…

  • 18    A new rule: digital payments and virtual…

    The Regulatory Framework for Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems in a nutshell.

  • 28    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.

Latest stories

  • Virtual account management


    Amol Bahuguna, Head of Payments and Cash Management at Commercial Bank of Dubai says cash management products off a major opportunity to streamline accounts receivable and improve operational…

  • Green Sukuk: driving issuance in the GCC


    Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, considers the opportunities for Green Islamic finance in the region for the year ahead

    The GCC faces…

  • Darkest before dawn?


    For many years, Iraqi citizens have felt that the only way is up—and analysts are finally starting to agree 

    Oil is both Iraq’s biggest strength and weakness.…

  • Tapping into Saudi’s debt


    Mohammed Khnifer, Debt Capital Markets Senior Associate at the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), explains emerging market investors…

  • Black gold: a blessing and a curse


    Making the largest oil discovery since 1932 may not impact Bahrain’s economic and fiscal metrics for at least another five years.

  • Honing banking talent


    Banker Middle East sat down with HE Hesham Abdullah Al Qassim, Chairman of Emirates Institute for Banking and Financial Studies…

  • Leading Kuwait for over 75 years


    In an exclusive interview with Banker Middle East, Richard Groves, CEO of Ahli United Bank Kuwait, looks back at the bank’s triumphs and provides…

  • Adopting the highest standards of cybersecurity


    Mohammed Abukhater, VP Sales—MEA at FireEye International (Middle East) discusses potential cybersecurity threats to banks and strategies to address them…

  • How private banks are utilising blockchain


    WEALTH Arabia speaks to Dr. Veronica Lange, Head Group CTO Innovation Switzerland, Executive Director, UBS, about how the institution is taking advantage…

  • Green developments in Islamic finance


    The global increase in environmental awareness has led to a marked rise in the appetite for green bonds and this an opportunity for green Sukuk issuances says…

  • The rise of GCC bonds


    On the back of strong foreign investor demand, Banker Middle East looks at how the appetite for GCC debt is expected to continue in 2018 despite precarious oil prices and geopolitical…

  • 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.


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