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  • 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…

  • Record highs are no longer justified

     

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 rose by more than 25 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively, since 8 November, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.

  • A closer look at Sukuk

     

    Vijay Valecha, Chief Market Analyst, Century Financial Brokers expands on the most Successful bonds in the region.

    Sukuk is a Shari'ah-compliant debt instrument that is in line…

  • Pitch perfect

     

    Two SME owners share what entrepreneurs need to know when going before investors, having successfully raised funds themselves.

    The first six months of 2017 saw 88 closed deals…

  • Risk Management

     

    Business risks exist everywhere but early implementation of a proper management system can mitigate them once they occur, or even catch them early.

    SMEs are becoming increasingly…

  • Sandbox clever

    The Bahraini Government has taken a number of steps to develop different areas of the SME sector to make the Kingdom more competitive in the GCC region and internationally.

    Bahrain is on track…

  • SMEs, Bahrain, and the law

     

    Brian Howard, Partner, Trowers and Hamlins, discusses the reality of setting up a business in Bahrain.

    It is incredibly easy to establish a company in Bahrain–even an onshore…

  • FinanceME and Female Fusion talk VAT

    Accounting and legal experts address certain issues to help business owners prepare for VAT’s implementation on 1 January 2018.

    Currently the mandatory threshold for VAT registration is…

  • It is all about inflation

     

    When the Federal Reserve met on 19-20 September, it announced the start of winding down the $4.5 billion balance sheet and maintained plans for a third rate hike in 2017, writes Hussein…

  • 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…

  • 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.

    Consumer…

  • Dig deeper

     

    With discrepancies becoming more prevalent in employment applications, recruiters need to start running more stringent background checks.

    HireRight, a…

  • 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.

    It…

  • 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,…

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