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October 19, 2020

This article was first published in Islamic Finance news Volume 17 Issue 41 dated the 14th October 2020 S&P global ratings expects Islamic finance industry (USD 2.4trillion) to witness subdued growth in low single digits for 2020/21 after registering strong...

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October 15, 2020

The year 2020 has seen bond issuances totaling USD 42billion so far by GCC governments as they try to raise funds in the market to plug record deficits due to the oil price crash and the COVID-19 crisis. GCC Sovereign...

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October 14, 2020

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...

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October 12, 2020

Tourism has been one of the focus areas of GCC countries’ diversification agenda and aviation sector in the region has been an attendant beneficiary. Closure of borders and travel restrictions were one of the first measures taken by countries around...

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October 8, 2020

Boursa Kuwait Securities Company has surged more than 10 times since it debuted on the Kuwait Premier Market index on September 14th when it became only the third stock exchange in the MENA region to be listed after the Dubai...

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October 8, 2020

Cost of Capital represents the opportunity cost of all financial capital, primarily debt and equity, invested in an enterprise. ‘Opportunity cost’ also referred to as ‘hurdle cost’ or ‘discount rate’, is of primary importance in valuation and helps investors in...

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October 6, 2020

Most GCC equity markets were positive in September, despite concerns of economic recovery amid threat of second wave of COVID-19 and fall in oil prices. Kuwait markets were positive, with the Kuwait All Share index registering a gain of 2.9%...

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October 5, 2020

COVID-19 pandemic has pressurized banking asset quality and increased the demand for credit. As signs of normalcy returns, banks face the challenging task of managing the asset quality while expanding balance sheets. The strength of a country’s banking sector is...

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September 1, 2020

The outbreak of novel Coronavirus across the globe, which affected lives of millions of people continues to take its toll on the global economies. With more than 7-8 months into the crisis the virus is still omnipresent. It forced countries...

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July 26, 2020

As children and parents in the GCC get a taste of remote schooling due to the impact of COVID-19, there are multiple themes emerging. It is a given that learner cohorts are very different, which means that felicity with computers...

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