Winter 2017

Plausible explanations exist for why low-volatility stocks perform better than their high-volatility counterparts.

Abdul-Kadir-HussainAbdul Kadir Hussain, head of fixed income asset management at Arqaam Capital.

Venture_capitalAs Middle Eastern start-ups Souq.com and Careem make headlines, venture capitalists in the region anticipate rapid growth. Philip Dowsett of Morgan Lewis assesses the opportunities and challenges.

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.

Daniel-DickinsonGlobal market volatility and compliance with ever-changing international regulations are among the main reasons investors are demanding up-to-date data from their investment managers.

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Executive Interviews

INTERVIEW: Protecting the investment

Nov 23, 2017

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

Mar 08, 2017

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

ROUNDTABLE: Charting the pace of reform

Nov 23, 2017

Saudi Arabian index inclusion, the onset of taxes and the Dana Gas controversy were among the issues discussed by our cross-industry panel. Chaired by George Mitton in Dubai.

SOUTH AFRICAN ROUNDTABLE: Spirit of Ubuntu

Mar 08, 2017

The move to a three-day settlement cycle, the appearance of new stock exchanges, and recent rules on hedge funds were discussed by our panel in Cape Town. Chaired by George Mitton.