investment strategy

Jul 20, 2018

MUFG_Bank_branchJapan’s MUFG Bank has announced plans to open a bank branch in Riyadh.

Jul 20, 2018

Dubai_real_estateInvestors in the UAE’s property market have been boosted by the news that Fidu Properties, a Chinese property developer, aims to invest $1.36 billion in UAE real estate over the next three years.

Jul 20, 2018

Oil_refineryThe Public Investment Fund (PIF), a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth vehicle, is in preliminary talks to sell part of its stake in Saudi petrochemical firm Sabic to state-owned oil company Saudi Aramco.

Jul 13, 2018

Blockchain_chainTwo MENA-based software firms have launched what they claim is the first blockchain-enabled platform for Islamic capital markets.

Jul 13, 2018

Islamic_dealThe Dubai Financial Market (DFM) has settled its first repurchase (repo) transactions.

Jul 13, 2018

Start-upThe Saudi Capital Market Authority (CMA) has awarded licences to two local start-ups in a bid to kick start its financial technology sector.

Jul 06, 2018

New_York_Plaza_HotelThe Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has acquired the New York Plaza hotel for a reported $600 million.

Jul 06, 2018

NegotiationA proposed deal from US investment manager Colony Capital to buy part of the fund management business of troubled Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Capital is reportedly in doubt after meeting resistance from investors.

Jul 06, 2018

Solar_panelsThe Public Investment Fund (PIF), a Saudi Arabian sovereign investment vehicle, has splashed out on a 15.2% stake in Saudi-based Acwa Power, one of the region’s largest solar power developers.

Jul 06, 2018

Johannesburg_airportAfrican Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) has taken a 50% stake in Societe d’Exploitation et de Gestion Aeroportuaires (Sega), a pan-African holding company specialising in airport investments across West and Central Africa.

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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.