GCC Stock Markets – A Tepid February

Mar 07, 2019

GCC equity market pulled back where S&P GCC index retreated back by 1%, after a fabulous January when it zoomed by nearly 7%. At country level, some continued their upward trajectory (UAE, Bahrain and Kuwait) while others (KSA, Qatar and Oman) pulled back from their earlier rally.

Novel liquidity instruments need of the hour for Islamic financial institutions

Feb 11, 2019

Islamic finance is still a relatively small part of the broader financial services industry. Compared to the conventional industry, Islamic finance lacks adequate liquidity instruments as Shariah restrictions limit the number of instruments that could be used for liquidity management. Islamic interbank and money markets also lack the volume and diversification of conventional markets leading to a sectoral disadvantage from the outset.

Equities off to a flying start in 2019

Feb 06, 2019

Equities off to a flying start in 2019. According to our recently released Monthly Market Review for the month of January, GCC equity markets greeted its investors in celebratory fashion, recording its highest monthly gains in over two years. Investor sentiment was bullish, as the influx of foreign funds, uptick in oil prices and expansionary budget policies are all expected to support corporate earnings growth in 2019.

Oil Price may not be the trigger for reforms

Jan 24, 2019

Analyzing the historical trend of reforms in Kuwait, one can notice that financial services sector is the most regulated and therefore have experienced more reforms while sectors like healthcare and legal saw the least number of reforms. For a balanced and sustained economic growth, an even distribution of reforms across all critical sectors is a must.

Deep Learning: A more interesting aspect of AI

Jan 23, 2019

Deep Learning has become one of the most discussed and researched topics of the decade. Deep learning is evolving day by day, and therefore, it is important to understand how and why it works. Deep learning sits at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. AI basically implies a range of technologies that enable computer and robots to solve problems in ways that resemble human thinking process.

Does Brexit pose an economic puzzle to the GCC?

Dec 18, 2018

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union caused a period of uncertainty both in the financial markets and the political environment. The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world, and the Brexit process will have major economic repercussions. This led to countries and business entities strategizing their activities to respond to Brexit.

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