investment strategy

Jun 01, 2018

Fitch_RatingsDespite increased investor interest, the growth of the global sukuk market is being held back by structural constraints, according to a report from ratings agency Fitch.

Jun 01, 2018

ImmigrationFollowing the UAE’s recent reforms of foreign ownership and visa rules, Bahrain is considering extending its own residency rules.

Jun 01, 2018

Abraaj Group leaversBeleaguered Dubai-based private equity fund manager Abraaj Group faces more problems after the sudden departure of two senior executives.

May 25, 2018

Dubai_mallThe UAE government is set to allow foreign investors to possess sole ownership of local businesses as part of sweeping reforms to boost foreign direct investment. In addition, the government will grant ten-year visas to expatriates.

May 25, 2018

Saudi Arabian stocksInvestors in Saudi stocks will have access to new hedging tools after Nasdaq Dubai revealed plans to launch equity futures on Saudi stocks.

May 25, 2018

Real_estatePrivate debt is forecast to become a greater source of funding for real estate investment in the Middle East, according to a report from investment manager Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) and law firm Clifford Chance.

May 25, 2018

Merging_blocksAlizz Islamic Bank and Oman Arab Bank have entered merger talks in yet another example of consolidation in the GCC’s banking sector.

May 25, 2018

Kuwait Finance HouseKuwait’s second biggest lender, Kuwait Finance House (KFH), is planning its biggest ever play in the Islamic finance market with the issue of a $3 billion Islamic bonds programme.

May 18, 2018

BeijingAbu Dhabi Global Markets (ADGM), the emirate’s international financial centre, has opened its first overseas office in Beijing.

May 18, 2018

Dubai_constructionInvestors in Middle East construction projects are likely to benefit from much lower construction costs compared to other global markets, according to an industry survey.

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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.