investment strategy

Aug 03, 2018

Start-upThe first half of 2018 saw a record number of investments in Middle East and North African start-ups; however, the value of disclosed investments fell by 43% compared with the same period in 2017.

Aug 03, 2018

The completion of the first sukuk issuance under Saudi Arabia’s new primary dealers programme has been welcomed by ratings agency Moody’s as a positive sign for Islamic capital market development.

Aug 03, 2018

NasdaqNasdaq Dubai has released the names of the 12 Saudi companies that will form its new equity futures to be launched in September.

Jul 27, 2018

Standard_and_PoorsThe majority of S&P and Dow Jones sharia-compliant benchmarks produced a better performance than conventional indices in the second quarter.

Jul 27, 2018

Novotel_Hotel_CasablancaKatara Hospitality, the hotels division of sovereign wealth fund the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), has teamed up with France-based AccorHotels to launch a $1 billion investment fund to develop hotels in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jul 27, 2018

Arabic_coinsSaudi Arabia’s ministry of finance has issued $925 million of Islamic bonds through a new primary dealer scheme designed to boost investor appetite for the asset class.

Jul 27, 2018

BiddingAgility, a Kuwait-based logistics firm, has joined the race to acquire the investment management business of beleaguered buy-out firm Abraaj Group.

Jul 27, 2018

Peer-to-peer_lendingFinancial watchdog Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has published a draft paper outlining a regulatory framework for private financing platforms (PFPs).

Jul 20, 2018

Dubai_marinaUAE-based conglomerate Palmon Group has launched what it claims is Dubai’s first private commercial real estate investment trust (REIT).

Jul 20, 2018

Moody's_websiteRating agency Moody’s has upgraded Qatar’s long-term issuer ratings from negative to stable.

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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.