July 4, 2018

We all know that Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and Pension Funds dominate the GCC institutional investor landscape, followed by Government Owned Entities (GoEs) and insurance companies. As an institutional investor category, mutual funds come a distant fifth only to be...

September 10, 2017

The article originally appeared in Gulf News, Arab Times and Akhbar Al Khaleej Expats presently constitute about half of the total population in the GCC (52%),

October 17, 2016

This Article was Published in  Gulf News,  Arab TimesAkhbar Al Khaleej and Alqabas

Typically, the topics in the business section of a newspaper in the GCC will almost always focus on issues such as the budget, deficits, subsidies, investment, etc....

September 21, 2016

This Article was published in The National

Banks in the UAE pay 1.25 per cent on time deposits with a maturity of one year. While this may look measly, two things matter for consideration here.

First, interest rates are still positive in the UAE, unlike Europe where they...

August 17, 2016

This Article was originally published in The National

GCC Investment Bankers (IB) should be the most stressed lot! Too much work and too little rewards. The fee based investment banking business has four key components going for it i.e., syndicated loans, equity ca...

June 19, 2016

This article was originally written for CFA Institute and was published in various newspapers including Gulf News and Arab Times

The GCC is witnessing a period of rapid transformation as oil prices, which were once at a cushy $100 per barrel, has fallen below $50 o...

June 5, 2016

Let us accept it. The topic of oil price discussion has come to a tiring point now. Every other debate or discussion is around oil price predictions, outlook for oil price and predicting the future of GCC oil economies. Three questions predominate the narrative:

  1. Is...

March 3, 2016

The year 2015 marked one of the worst years for oil prices and resulting government revenues; the backbone on which most of the GCC economies ride.

Oil: When will this slide end?

With the oil price hovering around $35 per barrel the question remains as to how much longer...

November 9, 2015

Interview with MR Raghu, Head of Research, Markaz by Peter Duke, Sales Director, Fidelity Worldwide Investment for Fund Forum MiddleEast

Peter Duke: Good morning welcome to the Fund Forum Middle East. My name is Peter Duke from Fidelity Worldwide Investment. I am deligh...

October 18, 2015

This Article was Published in Arab Times, Gulf NewsAkhbar Al KhaleejAl Qabas, Zawya

Subsidies are easy to roll in but difficult to roll back. The vexed issue of tackling subsidies comes to the fore in difficult times and hence this topic assumes impor...

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