- Al Ansari Exchange and IBMC offer overseas Indians in UAE facility to pay NPS contributions
- Network International strengthens presence in customer reward and loyalty management
- Established tech firms now banking sector’s biggest disruptors
- DFSA and ASIC sign fintech agreement
- GCC SMEs expected to grow 156 per cent to $920 billion in next five years
- RAKBANK customers can remit money to India using blockchain
- Investcorp hosts second Annual Credit Symposium in New York City
- UAE entrepreneurs have the highest fear of failure rate for the MENA region
- CI: Ratings of Banque Nationale Agricole affirmed with a ‘Stable’ outlook
- Moody's: Sub-Saharan African countries face rising risk of financing stress
Voluntary benefits key to unlocking employee productivity and corporate competitiveness
Employees across the UAE are looking to employers for additional employment benefits, following the successful introduction of mandatory health insurance, which has created a new benefits…
How blockchain technology is changing the security landscape in the banking sector
Blockchain, the technology that is used in the popular cryptocurrency bitcoin, is revolutionary in many ways–it addresses multiple challenges associated with digital transactions, such as double…
If bonds are right a steep equity correction is underway
2017 has seen many hedge fund and portfolio managers send warning signals that an equity market correction is overdue, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.
VAT in the GCC–accelerating compliance with the right ERP platform
The benefits of tax aside, being prepared for VAT compliance can be a daunting prospect writes Monzer Tohme, Regional Vice President, Middle East & Africa, Epicor Software.
Public cloud not the only strategy for Middle East organisations
For consumers and businesses alike, digital technology has proven disruptive, but a reluctance to embrace digital technologies can leave organisations falling behind competitors, according…
Innovation in Islamic finance is better cultivated from the roots than the branches
Arif Amiri, CEO of DIFC Authority provides his insights on innovation in Islamic finance, ahead of the Global Financial Forum this week.
Islamic finance refers to financial services that adhere…
Reinventing the wheel
Qais Al Khonji, CEO of Genesis Projects and Investments, sheds light on the crucial realities of investment and economic diversification in this region.
Since the 1960’s, oil has been…
Oil hits a new two-year high; no immediate resistance
Oil prices continue to be front and centre for traders in a relatively quiet market, according to Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM.
Brent crude surged 3.5 per cent to trade…
Venture capital by education
Banker Africa spoke with Adedana Ashebir, Regional Manager, Africa, Village Capital about her firm’s unique approach to venture capital
How is Village Capital…
Impact investing in the GCC
Shailesh Dash, Founder & Board Member of Regulus Capital highlights the potential of impact investing in the region.
Impact investing is becoming an integral part of investment strategies…
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…
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?…
Safe in the clouds
Hadya Fathalla, Executive Director, C5 Capital discusses the role SMEs can play in tackling cyberthreats head on.
Businesses are set to lose $8 trillion to cybercrime over…
Oreo you ready?
Mohamed Shalaby discusses how the right public-private partnerships have allowed Mondalēz to expand its presence in the country and meet the growing market demand in the GCC.
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…
Searching for new catalysts
Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, provides an update on the financial markets.
Who’s the next Fed Chair? US equity investors decided to pull out some profits…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Digital transformation spurs the rise of the GCC’s millennial manager movement
As generational monikers go, the term ‘Millennial’ often rouses mixed opinions, writes Hazel Jackson, CEO of Biz Group.
For a start, its very definition is clouded.…
Palo Alto Networks research highlights a disconnect between cloud ambitions and security
UAE organisations face a major disconnect between cloud aspirations and secure cloud infrastructure, with 64 per cent of CIOs in the region ranking cloud security as important, but 34 per cent admitting…
Benefits of voluntary VAT registration, especially for SMEs
With the UAE and Saudi Arabia implementing VAT on 1 January 2018, Aaron White, Regional Director for Sage Middle East, looks at the advantages of voluntary registration.
Women entrepreneurs–go for it!
Women can have it all–a fulfilling career with flexible time allowing them to dedicate themselves to their families, which can even include working with their spouses, according…
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…
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…
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…
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…