investment strategy

Oct 26, 2018

Robo-adviserNew York-based Islamic finance firm Wahed Invest is extending its robo-adviser service to the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Oct 19, 2018

FintechDubai-based Alcazar Capital and InQvest Partners, the investment arm of incubator Fintech Consortium, have jointly launched a $100 million (€87.2 million) global fintech fund.

Oct 19, 2018

Africa_factoryThe Saudi-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is planning to launch two funds in Africa and Asia in 2019 to raise a combined $1 billion (€872 million) for infrastructure investment.

Oct 19, 2018

Egypt_mapThe Egyptian government is preparing to issue its first ever international sukuk in 2019, according to finance minister Mohamed Maait.

Oct 19, 2018

ADGM_squareSpecialist investment services firm Maples Fiduciary has extended its Middle East presence after opening an office in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).

Oct 12, 2018

VATBahrain is set to introduce 5% value-added tax (VAT) on January 1, 2019 after the House of Representatives voted in favour of the motion.

Oct 12, 2018

African_tribal_masksSouth Africa’s position as the premier African market for international investors is being challenged by the rising economies of Kenya, Nigeria and Botswana, according to the latest Africa Financial Markets Index produced by South African bank Absa.

Oct 12, 2018

Riyadh_cityThe wealth management arm of Kuwait-based NBK Group has launched its operations in Saudi Arabia.

Oct 12, 2018

Office_buildingsSaudi asset manager Sedco Capital has concluded a European real estate investment worth $179 million.

Oct 05, 2018

Merging_blocksThe Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has nabbed a top London banker to head up its international investment activity.

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Aberdeen Asset Management has set up its first Middle East office in the newly established Abu Dhabi Global Market. Andrew Paul, senior executive officer, explains why.

A recent sovereign bond issue from Saudi Arabia underlines the appeal of emerging market investing. What must investors consider when allocating to this asset class? Firas Mallah of BMO Global Asset Management shares his views.

Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Financing is the blood of Iran’s economy’

Amid a fresh wave of American sanctions, Romil Patel spoke to Meysam Hamedi, director of financial markets and instruments at Iran’s Securities & Exchange Organization (SEO).

INTERVIEW: Totally mega

In 2016, global consulting firm PWC forecast the emergence of five global ‘megatrends’ in the next two decades. Stephen Anderson, its Middle East clients and markets leader, talks about their...

INTERVIEW: Protecting the investment

Rasmala’s trade finance fund recently passed $100 million in assets. Doug Bitcon, head of credit strategies, explains why he has to be hands-on.

EXECUTIVE INTERVIEW: A natural interest in the topic

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

Roundtables

South Africa asset management roundtable: Global rebound on ice

Experts discuss the investment implications of the coronavirus pandemic, a delayed rebound in global growth and dealing with South Africa’s energy issues head on. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

South African roundtable: Taking the bull by the horns

Our panel discusses Chinese investment in Africa, financial institutions’ contribution to economic sustainability and regulatory concerns. Chaired by Romil Patel in Cape Town.

ROUNDTABLE: Hooked to the global caravan

With the MENA region at a tipping point, our panellists talk about economic diversification, the impact of regulation and the delayed Saudi Aramco listing. Chaired by Romil Patel in Dubai.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.