2017

2016

Qatar Loosens Guest Worker Rules

Qatar Loosens Guest Worker Rules

Qatar plans to spend more than $200 billion on infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, railways, and ports, and has loosened guest worker sponsor requirements to facilitate recruitment.

Strong Dollar Likely Under Trump

Strong Dollar Likely Under Trump

The Trump administration’s nascent economic policies will likely result in a strong dollar and rising interest rates. 

FX Trading Pivots Toward China

FX Trading Pivots Toward China

The US dollar remains king in the world’s biggest market, as the rise of Asia’s share in foreign exchange trading, led by China, is coming at the expense of Europe rather than the US, analysts say. 

Saudi Global Bond Sets Benchmark

Saudi Arabia made a splash with its $17.5 billion debut in the global bond market, which was the largest debt issuance by an emerging economy. The successful sale on October 19 was increased from an originally planned $10 billion, as ...

World’s Best Banks 2016

World’s Best Banks 2016

Global Finance unveils its annual lists of the best banks in the world, globally, regionally and by country. The winners outperformed their peers and provide top-notch service to clients in a challenging environment. 

Will the dollar peg come unglued?

Will the dollar peg come unglued?

GCC nations are constantly recalculating the cost/benefit ratio of maintaining the dollar peg. Lately, external pressures give the question new urgency. 

ECB Corporate Bond Buying Lures US Issuers

ECB Corporate Bond Buying Lures US Issuers

Capital Markets | Fixed Income
US companies are rushing to borrow in European bond markets. They’re taking advantage of low interest rates on euro-denominated issues after the European Central Bank’s decision to start buying investment-grade corporate bonds in June—part of its economic stimulus program. Last year already set a record for corporate borrowing in Europe’s bond markets, where rates are significantly lower than in the US.

Market Braces For $2 Trillion In EM Debt

Trends | Emerging Markets
Emerging markets sovereigns and corporates will need to refinance up to $2 trillion of debt coming due in the next five years, as a result of extravagant borrowing earlier this decade when commodity prices were soaring and cheap financing was readily available.

Earnings Pressures May Spur Us Bank Mergers

Capital Markets | Mergers & Acquisitions
A need by banks to address weak earnings could result in increased merger activity in 2016, according to Fitch Ratings.

Deals Abound Despite Oil Plunge

Deals Abound Despite Oil Plunge

Middle East Investment Banking
M&A tops charts as transaction prices moderate across the region, industries consolidate, and key nations pursue privatization.

FED To Examine Negative Rates For Us

FED To Examine Negative Rates For Us

Capital Markets | Fixed Income
Now that Japan has joined Europe in adopting negative interest rates, could below-zero rates become a policy option for the Federal Reserve?