2018

 
 
Bulletin | H2, 2018

H2, 2018 Issue


Featured Interview: Mr. Manaf A. Alhajeri
Chief Executive Officer, Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz)

Expert Speaks: Dr. R. Seetharaman
CEO, Doha Bank

No More Easy Business - Kuwait Remittance Industry

Money exchange business in Kuwait dates back to 1942 and since then the industry has grown to be a $16 billion dollar industry with more than 40 players. Marmore estimates the industry size to grow to $17 billion by 2020...

Gulf Bond Issues - What's fuelling appetite for Gulf Bond issues?

The bond market in the GCC region saw bond issuances to the tune of USD 70 bn, an all-time high issued amount in the year 20171. The first quarter of 2018 has already seen issuances worth USD 16.8 bn...

GCC Corporate Earnings - How have they fared?

GCC corporate earnings increased by 16% for the full year in 2017 compared to 2016. UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia were the three countries in the GCC region to register positive earnings growth in 2017...

Book Review: Factfulness By Hans Rosling

Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

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Bulletin | H1, 2018

H1, 2018 Issue


Featured Interview: Dr. Khaled Mahdi
Secretary-General of the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) of Kuwait

GCC Capital Market Outlook for 2018
  • - GCC Economic Themes
  • - GCC Equity & Debt Markets Outlook

Bitcoin - A Rally like no other

The world of finance has seen asset bubbles every few years and the occurrences of a crisis seem to have a shortened cycle in the past eighty years...

Move towards Renewables - Where is the problem?

The renewable energy sector no longer remains at the periphery as an industry for social good alone; but has emerged as a profitable alternative to conventional sources of power generation...

Economic cost of Qatar Diplomatic Row

On June 05, 2017 Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar, accusing the Qatari government of promoting instability in the region.

Book Review: Zero to One, By Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

Peter Thiel, arguably one of the best serial entrepreneurs of recent times, shares his thoughts on start-ups, his philosophy and the need to go against the tide.

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2017

 
 
Bulletin | H2, 2017

H2, 2017 Issue

H1 2017, Market Review
  • - MENA Markets slide along with oil
  • - Qatar Crisis: The Unfolding Geopolitical Dynamics of the GCC

Featured Interview: Ms. Mona Al-Daas
Assistant Undersecretary for Statistical Affairs Sector, Kuwait Central Statistical Bureau (CSB)

SME Startup Stories in GCC

A striking feature of success in most of these companies profiled is the endeavor to customize products or services for users.

Bitcoin To Blockchain

The traditional payment model ropes in a third party, trusted by everybody, to be involved in a transaction. Blockchain puts that model to a test by eliminating the centralized system and replacing it with a system that is widely distributed and secured by cryptography..

Saudi Petrochemicals

Petrochemicals have been one of the major focus areas of the Government of Saudi Arabia in the past few decades for several reasons.

The 3 Areas AI will Impact GCC

Given the reach of disruptive potential and the reach of AI, it could arrive at GCC shores before long.

Book Review: Rise of the Robots, By Martin Ford

One of the obvious implications of a potential intelligence explosion is that there would be an overwhelming first-mover advantage. In other words, whoever gets there first will be effectively uncatchable.

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Bulletin | H1, 2017

H1, 2017 Issue

Foreword

Marmore Roundup 2016
M R Raghu,
Managing Director, Marmore MENA Intelligence

Outlook 2017

GCC Stock & Debt Market

Research Highlights
  • - GCC Corporate Earnings
  • - The What of VAT
  • - 30 Most Valuable Non-Banking Companies in GCC

Book Review
The Innovators

Marmore Chart Pack

 

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2016

 
 
Bulletin Q3,2016

Q3, October 2016 Issue

Foreword:

Why Low Oil Price is Good News for Expats...
M R Raghu,
Managing Director, Marmore MENA Intelligence

Quarterly MENA Market Review :

MENA Market mixed post-Brexit, as oil stabilizes around $50/barrel

Saudi Aramco IPO:

Managing the Big Float

Marmore Research Highlights on:
  • - GCC Sovereign Debt Issuances - $260 - $400 billion through 2020
  • - Kuwait Projects: KWD 10bn Awarded - Where is the trickle-down effect
  • - GCC Regulatory Digest - H1 2016

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Q2, May 2016 Issue

Q2, May 2016 Issue

Featured Interview with :
Sheikh Dr. Meshaal Jaber Al-Ahmad Al Sabah,
Director General, Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA)

Quarterly MENA Market Review :
Recoup Lost Ground After Disastrous Start To The Year

Expert Opinion:
Walid Mourad - Portfolio Manager, Lazard Asset Management

MENA Data At A Glance

Marmore Research Highlights on:

- Role of Private Equity - For Kuwait’s Family Businesses

- KSA Brokerage Industry - Challenging Times Ahead

- Kuwait Economic Thems - 2016

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Q1, Feb - 2106 Issue

Q1, February 2016 issue

Featured Interview with :
Lamees Taqi Al Baharna.Chief Risk Officer, Oman Arab Bank

2015 MENA Market Review :
Oil Slide and Budget Cuts Pull Down Markets

Marmore Research Highlights on :

- GCC Healthcare - On a strong growth phase

- KSA Office Real Estate - Balancing need and availability

- GCC Liquidity Fall - Impact on Banks, Stock Markets and Debt Markets

- GCC WACC - A Toolkit for Corporate Financiers

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2015

 
 

Q3, October 2015 issue

Featured Interview with :
Hossam Abdullah, Legal Counsel & Managing Partner of Al-Hossam Legal - Adlouni & Partners


Research Highlights on :

- Qatar Banking Sector - On a strong growth phase

- Iranian Nuclear Deal - Geopolitical and Macroeconomic Implications

- Berkshire Hathaway - What to expect after Warren Buffet?


Q2, July 2015 issue

Featured Interview with :
Tareq Al-Saleh, Asst. General Manager, Investments – Consumer Banking at Gulf Bank

Research Highlights on :

- Expert Opinion from Alrazi Al - Budaiwi, Assistant Vice President, Media and Communication of Kuwait Financial Centre ‘Markaz’

- GCC Aviation - Full Service Carriers A discussion based on Marmore's sector research

- Inside: Apple: Still Thinking Differently, Dubai Government Summit 2015, Fiscal Oil Break Even Price - What’s the deal?


Q1, April 2015 issue

Featured Interview with :
Telecom & Media with Jeff Youssef, Partner - Oliver Wyman and part of the TICG (Oliver Wyman’s Joint Venture with the KIA and KFAED)

Research Highlights on :

- Expert Opinion / Kuwait Real Estate from Bassam Al Othman, Executive Vice President, Real Estate MENA of Kuwait Financial Centre ‘Markaz’

- GCC Wealth Management - How to Manage? A discussion based on Marmore's sector research

- Inside: Kuwait Electricity Tariff Hikes, Basel III Norms - Implication for Kuwait Banks, Land Reforms in Kuwait

2014

 
 

Q4, December 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
Crowfunding with Dr. Shehab Marzban, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Shekra Crowdfunding

Research Highlights on :

- Expert Opinion from Manaf Al - Hajeri, CEO of Kuwait Financial Centre 'Markaz'

- Cheaper Oil - Is it here to stay? A discussion based on Markaz economic research

- Inside: GCC Low Cost Cariers (LCC), Family Business in the GCC, Saudi Arabian Markets set to open - What are its Implications?, Policy Options to involve Kuwaitis in the Private Labor Market


Q3, November 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
Islamic Finance with Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Leader / Head Islamic Economy, DinarStandard

Research Highlights on :

- Expert Opinion / GCC Investment Banking from Ali Khalil, COO 'Markaz'

- Renewable Energy in Kuwait - Green Dreams or Real Potential A discussion based on Markaz Policy Research

- Inside: Rise of Digital Social Media in GCC, Emerging Trends in GCC ICT Sector, A Comparative study of FTZ Characteristics in the GCC, MENA Asset Management Policy Perspectives


Q2, August 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
Mr. Kai-Niklas Schneider, Partner, Clifford Chance

Research Highlights on :

- Expert Opinion from Abdullatif Al - Nusif, Markaz`s wealth management expert

- Obesity in KSA - Growing concern as toddlers go under the Knife A discussion based on Markaz Research

- Growing preference for private schools in GCC A discussion based on Markaz research


GCC Family Businesses, July 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
Dr. Shehab Marzban, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Shekra Crowdfunding
 


GCC Offiice Real Estate, June 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
Mr. Kai-Niklas Schneider, Partner, Clifford Chance
 


Saudi Arabia Education, May 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
Rushdi Siddiqui, Global Leader / Head Islamic Economy, DinarStandard
 


GCC Banking, April 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
Joseph Kelly, Director of Market Analysis at Real Capital Analytics
 


Egypt Power, March 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
President of the Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA)
 


GCC Outlook, Feb 2014 issue

Featured Interview with :
CEO and Founder of Apex Fund Services Holdings Ltd.
 


MENA Asset Management, Jan 2014 issue

2013

   
GCC Investment Banking, Dec 2013 issue

GCC Insurance, Nov 2013 issue

GCC Islamic Finance, Oct 2013 issue

GCC Residential Real Estate, Sept 2013 issue

GCC Hospitality Sector, August 2013 issue

Kuwait ICT, July 2013 issue

When GCC Women Invests, June 2013 issue

GCC Retail Industry, May 2013 issue

GCC Media Industry, April 2013 issue