2017

Reform Efforts Move Ahead

Reform Efforts Move Ahead

A new crown prince is in a stronger position to implement the Saudi’s ambitious Vision 2030 program.

GCC Mall Culture Meets The Future

GCC Mall Culture Meets The Future

With high per-capita incomes and strong mobile use, the GCC is poised for a surge in online shopping. Still, air-conditioned malls retain their allure.

GCC Unity Cracks

GCC Unity Cracks

The longer Qatar’s standoff from its Arab neighbors drags on, the worse the damage will be. 

Vision Amid The Turmoil

GCC economies are still a relative haven for foreign investors and a favored destination for direct investment, despite the drag of low oil prices.

#6 Asset-Backed Securities & Exotic Derivatives

#6 Asset-Backed Securities & Exotic Derivatives

​ Professor Michael Greenberger testifying, in 2010, at a Congressional inquiry into the causes of the 2008 financial crisis. The 1980s ushered in an era of exotic financial products that were hailed for fostering new ways to manage risk.

Hedging Cash Flow

Global Finance: What's new about FiREapps for Cash Flow? Wolfgang Koester: FiREapps for Cash Flow revolutionizes the cash-flow exposure management process. 

Macron Breaks Logjam In EU Corporate Bonds

Macron Breaks Logjam In EU Corporate Bonds

US companies flocked to Europe to issue bonds at low interest rates in May, after centrist Emmanuel Macron’s landslide victory in the French presidential election lowered perceived political risk in the European Union. 

China’s Interbank Bond Market To Connect With Hong Kong

China’s Interbank Bond Market To Connect With Hong Kong

Paul Chan Hong Kong financial secretary Eligible overseas investors will gain access for the first time to mainland China’s massive interbank bond market through a planned hookup with Hong Kong, known as Bond Connect. 

Growing With Startups

Growing With Startups

Sim Tshabalala, joint group chief executive of Standard Bank, explains how the continent’s biggest bank will benefit from Africa’s coming renewal.

The World's Best Banks 2017

The World's Best Banks 2017

Global Finance names the winners of its 24th annual awards for the World’s Best Banks, by region and by country

Embracing Prudence

Embracing Prudence

CEO Nemeh Sabbagh talks to Global Finance about how Arab Bank combines careful management with innovation in a region facing a challenging environment.

Sovereign Bond Caravan Lopes Along

Sovereign Bond Caravan Lopes Along

Sovereigns continue to lead debt issuance in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, with further major issuances planned for this year, as countries look to plug deficits.

Gulf Real Estate: From Hi-Rises To REITs

Gulf Real Estate: From Hi-Rises To REITs

The real estate investment market in the Middle East is exhibiting a resurgence and signs of maturity, with real estate investment trusts growing in popularity as an alternative source of capital. 

Trade Pact Sails Forward

Trade Pact Sails Forward

Ratified by more than 110 of 164 member countries, the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has gone into force, launching “a new phase for trade facilitation reforms all over the world,” according to the WTO.

Oil State Fund Invests In Technology

Oil State Fund Invests In Technology

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is expected to exceed $2 trillion in 2018, is slated to play a major role in diversifying the Saudi economy, with big investments in a technology, healthcare and other sectors. 

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.