NEWS

Feb 10, 2015

Desert oil pumps1The biggest weekly gain in Brent crude prices since 2011 caused inflows for exchange-traded funds (ETFs) which track the oil price, but left some commodity managers with losses.

Feb 10, 2015

ProfitThe amount raised by the Middle East's nascent venture capital industry grew six times over last year, prompting predictions of further gains this year that may match the growth rate seen in India.

Feb 03, 2015

DubaiThe Dubai branch of emerging markets asset manager Duet Group has launched a Ucits version of its three-year-old Mena Horizon fund, which invests in equities in the Middle East and North Africa.

Feb 03, 2015

graph upAverage equity prices across the Middle East rose in January despite the price of Brent crude remaining below $50 a barrel for most of the month.

Feb 02, 2015

Graph downAfter enjoying the best performance in its 48-year history in 2013, the Tehran stock exchange fell 21% in 2014 as low oil prices scuppered its growth.

Jan 27, 2015

Cost cutting aheadThe Kuwait ministry of finance says it plans to cut spending by 18% for the financial year starting in April and expects to run a budget deficit of 8.2 billion dinars ($28 billion).

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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.