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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…
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org - Dubai, UAEPeter Smith examines the recent, groundbreaking judgement of Justice Sir Richard Field…