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Estimating future returns for Saudi Arabia Stock Market

July 05, 2020

The lack of future return expectations for the Tadawul index has been a hurdle for investors willing to consider Saudi stock market in their portfolio.

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10 million and counting: COVID -19 breaches a grim milestone

July 02, 2020

With Global COVID-19 cases exceeding higher than 10 million, how have markets reacted to it? what kind re-opening strategies are being followed by countries?

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Kuwait Sector Indices: Comparison of declines due to COVID-19 and 2014-16 Oil Price Crash

June 17, 2020

While some sectors in Kuwait like airlines came to an absolute standstill, some sectors like technology stand to gain from the lockdown. How has this reflected in their equity performance?

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Fund houses revise their long-term capital market expectations - What has changed?

June 14, 2020

The economic disruption caused by COVID19 has changed the landscape for financial and real assets, causing Global fund houses to revise their long-term Capital market expectations.

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Implications of COVID-19 on GCC Asset Classes

June 08, 2020

What drives the performance of the asset classes in the light of COVID19 and lower oil prices? How has the impact been thus far?

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How to improve the Secondary Market for Sukuk Bonds

June 07, 2020

Prevalence of buy-and-hold culture perpetuated by scarcity of sukuk issues had led to dearth of liquidity in secondary markets.

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Impact of Covid-19 on GCC REITs

June 07, 2020

What has caused many investors to dump GCC REITs, many of which trade at 52 week lows? UAE and Saudi listed REITs worst affected. Did Covid-19 excarcebate the already struggling REITs, particlularly in UAE? What is the scope for their recovery?

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Impact of Oil Price Volatility on GCC economies, markets and businesses

May 17, 2020

The recent collapse in oil prices caused by demand destruction on account of COVID -19 was exacerbated by the OPEC+ disagreement

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GCC Governments should tap the idea of perpetual bonds

May 14, 2020

To cushion the impact caused by the twin shock of COVID-19 and low oil prices, GCC governments need to act fast and consider massive measures to alleviate economic pain and steer it in the path of recovery.

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GCC fiscal deficits and financing post COVID-19

May 07, 2020

On an overall basis, GCC economy is expected to contract by 2.7 percent in 2020. Due to lower oil income receipts and increasing expenditures to combat the covid-19 pandemic, fiscal deficit for GCC is expected to be at 10.4 percent of GDP.

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In the COVID-19 crisis, who are the few global winners amidst plenty of losers?

April 19, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to a severe economic downturn and has affected numerous sectors of the economy. Amazon, Netflix, Zoom among others emerge as winners from the COVID crisis.

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GCC policy interventions to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19

April 13, 2020

As the coronavirus imperils gulf economies, the GCC governments and central banks unleash unparalleled economic measures.

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The importance of Circuit Breakers in curbing volatility

April 09, 2020

To reduce volatility, stock exchanges in Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi have reduced the circuit breaker lower limit to 5%. We look at the history of circuit breakers and their effectiveness in curbing volatility.

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Parallels between COVID-19 and global financial crisis

April 08, 2020

Markets worldwide have experienced unprecedented volatility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Similar to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008, state authorities have announced a slew of policy measures including aggressive fiscal measures to minimize the economic impact.

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The oil price war - Saudi Arabia and Russia adding more fuel to the fire

April 07, 2020

With the global economy already reeling under the pressure of COVID-19, the timing of the oil price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia couldn't have been much worse.

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Islamic Liquidity Management – The Journey So Far

February 12, 2020

The Islamic finance industry, whichcurrently comprises of nearly 1,400 institutions globally, has thepotential to reach close to US$3.8 trillion by 2023.

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Secondary Market of Sukuk: An Overview

January 14, 2020

Sukuk are useful instruments for issuers as well as investors. They are a liquidity management tool for Islamic banks and shariah compliant institutions

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Regulations governing liquidity risk in Islamic Banking

December 16, 2019

Given the systemic importance and the pivotal role played by banks in a country’s economy, banking regulations are of paramount importance for all stakeholders.

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GCC Companies: High Cash Holdings and Shareholder Returns

December 04, 2019

Investors look at various parameters to understand and evaluate a company’s attractiveness. One such item in the balance sheet is the level of cash that a company holds.

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What affects the liquidity position of Islamic banks?

November 21, 2019

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Do GCC Banks have adequate capital buffers?

September 15, 2019

GCC Banks - The term liquidity is defined as the banks’ ability to fund rising assets and to meet its obligations on time.

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