Magazine issues»Spring 2012

FaraonWhile tear gas billowed over Tahrir Square, Egypt’s fund industry suffered heavy losses. However, a stock market surge and the prospect of an elected president hint at a recovery. George Mitton investigates.

KairoThis month marks one year since the Egyptian stock exchange reopened for business. Stefanie Eschenbacher looks at trading activity.

hot_air_baloonSaudi Arabia dominates Funds Global’s latest fund launch review, both in terms of investment and as a domicile. Stefanie Eschenbacher finds that Mena asset managers maintain a home bias.

Farah-FoustokThe Netherlands’ fund provider ING Investment Management is well known for maintaining a fund management team permanently in the Mena region. Nick Fitzpatrick talks to its local chief executive officer, Farah Foustok.

US_cabThat’s an American fund house’s view of US equities. Nick Fitzpatrick asks if the same sentiment is to be found in Dubai.

Oil_towerOil companies carry surprisingly little weight in Mena equity markets but the energy sector continues to propel the regional economy. Stefanie Eschenbacher reports.

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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

Middle East Investor Roundtable 2020: Dimensions of diversification

Investors in the Middle East consider the tools that will be needed to navigate the Covid-19 crisis, the continued appetite for dividend and why it’s all about tech. Chaired by Romil Patel.

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.