REAL ESTATE

Jul 09, 2014

RiyadhNew fund rules in Saudi Arabia could open up the market for independent custodians, though some obstacles must still be overcome. George Mitton reports.

Jul 09, 2014

IV picThe UAE and Qatar have been reclassified from frontier to emerging markets by MSCI. However the region’s giant, Saudi Arabia, looms large, says Akber Khan, of Al Rayan Investment.

Jul 09, 2014

zawya-logoMENA stock markets continued to rally in the first quarter of the year and the region’s IPO market is expected to pick up.

Mar 10, 2014

A greater focus on domestic affairs under the new emir could yield investment opportunities in Qatar, but the country’s asset management industry is still finding its feet. Chaired by George Mitton in Doha.

Mar 10, 2014

A greater focus on domestic affairs under the new emir could yield investment opportunities in Qatar, but the country’s asset management industry is still finding its feet. Chaired by George Mitton in Doha.

Mar 10, 2014

zawya-logoMiddle East markets galloped ahead in the fourth quarter of 2013, with Dubai and Egyptian stock indices posting double-digit gains.

Dec 20, 2013

TowersWhat will happen to frontier market funds when the UAE and Qatar become emerging markets? Managers may have to increase their holdings in Kuwait, finds George Mitton.

Dec 20, 2013

Reda-GomaaGovernment spending in the Mena region should drive up stock prices even though valuations are not as cheap as at the start of 2013. Reda Gomma, equity portfolio manager at Mashreq Capital, says it’s important to be selective.

Dec 20, 2013

Bahrainian flagIn 2011, a popular and unfinished uprising damaged the reputation of the Gulf’s oldest financial centre. Yet some asset managers say there are many benefits to operating in Bahrain. George Mitton reports.

Dec 20, 2013

DohaThe thread of Fed tapering, the challenge of youth unemployment and the promise of African investment were among the issues discussed at FundForum Middle East. George Mitton reports.

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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

Middle East Investor Roundtable 2020: Dimensions of diversification

Investors in the Middle East consider the tools that will be needed to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, the continued appetite for dividend and why it’s all about tech. Chaired by Romil Patel.

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.