TECHNOLOGY

May 04, 2018

CryptocurrenciesRegulatory authorities in Abu Dhabi have proposed a legislative framework to bring more order to crypto asset activity in the region and to attract institutional investors.

May 04, 2018

FinTechThe Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) is teaming up with Deloitte Middle East to develop Fintech Saudi, a financial technology “ecosystem”.

Mar 28, 2018

Software, dataAsset management software provider Objectway has signed a distribution agreement with Lebanon-based banking software firm BML Istisharat.

Mar 09, 2018

Virtual_reality_headsetSaudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund has reportedly invested $461 million in a controversial artificial reality start-up.

Mar 09, 2018

Dubai International Finance CentreDubai’s financial hub, the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), has reported a 25% increase in net profit for 2017, from $79 million to $99 million.

Mar 09, 2018

ManamaMore than 400 delegates gathered in Bahrain to attend a financial technology forum hosted by Bahrain-based Bank ABC and Arab Financial Services and sponsored by the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Feb 09, 2018

BitcoinThe United Arab Emirates’ financial regulator has warned investors about the risks of cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (ICOs) following a volatile few weeks for cryptocurrencies.

Nov 24, 2017

FintechThe Australian Securities and Investments Commission has agreed a financial technology partnership with the regulator of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Nov 23, 2017

Manama_BahrainChanges in financial technology have been transformativE – but historically, fintech has been more of an ambition than a reality in the Gulf. That could soon change, says David Parker of the Bahrain Economic Development Board.

Nov 10, 2017

Robo-adviserSarwa Digital Wealth, a robo-advice firm, has gained in-principle approval for a new type of licence in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

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A recent sovereign bond issue from Saudi Arabia underlines the appeal of emerging market investing. What must investors consider when allocating to this asset class? Firas Mallah of BMO Global Asset Management shares his views.

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

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.

MENA ROUNDTABLE: ‘The story is about reforms’

Our cross-industry panel discuss the positive backdrop in Egypt, the Dana Gas controversy and the potential index upgrades of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.