Winter 2012

BahrainAfter alarming social unrest, why have a handful of companies set up shop in Bahrain? A qualified labour force, proximity to Saudi Arabia and a trusted regulator are three reasons, finds George Mitton.

ShopsRetail fund flows have been slow due to regulatory uncertainty and preferences for direct investment in markets. But there is still potential for growth, finds George Mitton.

Kevin-BirkettThe head of financial services at the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority tells George Mitton about plans to attract twice as many companies and employees.

ChartThe decision by Vanguard to change its mutual fund benchmarks should lead to more investment in the UAE. But it was also a sign that asset managers want more value from their index providers, finds Nick Fitzpatrick.

YahtThe widespread Middle Eastern practice of giving employees a hefty gratuity when they leave could become the basis for a private pension system, finds George Mitton.

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Executive Interviews

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

Mar 08, 2017

Since 2016, Guillermo Ortiz has been a chairman of Latin America’s BTG Pactual. The former central banker of Mexico talks to Nick Fitzpatrick.

We’ll launch our first equity fund next year

Dec 08, 2016

Not many banks plant olive trees, but the Bank of Palestine has a social mission. It also has ambitious expansion plans, says chairman Hashim Shawa. He talks to George Mitton.

Roundtables

SOUTH AFRICAN ROUNDTABLE: Spirit of Ubuntu

Mar 08, 2017

The move to a three-day settlement cycle, the appearance of new stock exchanges, and recent rules on hedge funds were discussed by our panel in Cape Town. Chaired by George Mitton.

ROUNDTABLE: Growing pains

Mar 08, 2017

Our panel in Qatar spoke about frustration with regulators, a shortage of listed companies and plans for a new financial city in Doha. Chaired by George Mitton.