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  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Corporate Palestine harnesses individual expertise

    Nisreen Musleh, Board Member of Arab Islamic Bank (April 2016 – April 2017), provides an insight into her experience operating in a turbulent market.

    I have recently completed serving…

  • UAE remains a bright spot for private banking

    Bruno Daher, CEO of Credit Suisse Middle East and North Africa, conveys his optimism on the private banking sector in the UAE.The year 2016 was marked with a series of unexpected events—from…

  • Count your pennies

     

    SME owners need to review their business costs regularly to ensure they do not escalate unnecessarily.

    Small business owners are generally…

  • Oman, oil, and its outlook

     

    As Oman moves away from relying on oil revenues, the Government is looking towards the private sector and foreign investment, writes Marcus Turner-Jones.

  • SWF: regional trends

    In the shifting regional dynamic of sovereign wealth funds, what is the future outlook? Ihab Khalil, Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group Middle East writes.

  • Divided Fed keeps markets directionless; oil recovers slightly

     

    Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s meeting on 13-14 June showed that monetary policy members were split over the timing of shrinking the balance sheet.…

  • Reviving Lebanon

    Despite geopolitical risks that continue to loom over the country, the formation of a new government gives renewed hope for the nation.

    Following a 29 month presidential absence in the country,…

  • IFC Invests in leading Palestinian VC fund to support start-ups and drive growth

     

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, will invest $1 million in Ibtikar Fund, a leading Palestinian venture capital fund with a focus on accelerator-based investments…

  • Keeping in check

    Banker Middle East catches up with Bryan Stirewalt, Managing Director, Supervision at Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) to discuss the current state of financial regulation at the…

  • Yen supported by geopolitical risk

     

    The Japanese Yen appreciated against its major counterparts during Tuesday’s trading session as investors adopted a cautious approach following reports of North Korea conducting…

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