Foreign investment in GCC equity markets – Will the inflow levels sustain after index inclusions?

Aug 21, 2019

GCC countries are in the process of opening their economies to make them more attractive to foreign investors. The inflow of foreign funds through FDI would augur well for diversification of these economies away from oil to reduce their large oil dependence more so because its markets are cyclical and volatile.

Kuwait Retail Sector Positioned for Significant Growth

Aug 13, 2019

Kuwait’s retail sector is small in absolute terms when compared to regional peers like the UAE or Saudi Arabia. However, Kuwait has one of the highest concentrations of international retailers in the GCC, with luxury segment proving to be a major draw.

Saudi Corporate Capital Spending - An Encouraging Boost to Non-Oil GDP

Jul 30, 2019

Capital Investment is a harbinger of future growth as the fruits from today’s investments will appear in the future. Saudi Corporate sector has invested large resources in capital expenditure in 2018 which is much higher than their total net income earned during the year.

Is Debt to GDP Ratio a good explanatory of country risk?

Jul 15, 2019

The Debt to GDP ratio is often taken as a measure to explain the risk rating associated with the Sovereign rating for that country. In this article we attempt to shed light on other explanatory variables for Sovereign ratings other than Debt to GDP ratio.

GCC Stock Markets – Kuwait continues to be the best performer

Jul 04, 2019

According to recently published Monthly Market Review for the June, GCC markets recovered lost ground during the month, as the positive performance of Saudi equities lifted the broader index. Kuwait continued its positive run in 2019, registering gains for the sixth month in succession.

ETF’s in GCC: How far have they come?

Jun 25, 2019

Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) introduced overseas in 1993 have since made a long journey and have won the interest and participation of many individual and institutional investors. The global ETF Assets were about USD4.7 trillion in 2018.

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