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GCC Asset Management and its challenges

April 28, 2021

An article that discusses the challenges faced by the GCC Asset Management Industry and ways to overcome them

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Indian startups Eye a new “SPAC” opportunity

April 18, 2021

When US stock market sneezes, Emerging markets including India catches cold! However, this time around there is positive news for Indian tech startups in the form of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPAC’s). Thoug

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Deluge of bond issues by Gulf banks provides capital boost

March 10, 2021

Bond issuance by Gulf banks have increased their capital

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Kuwaiti banks – Earnings report 2020

March 09, 2021

All major Kuwaiti banks reported their financial results for the fourth quarter of 2020 and that of the whole year. As expected, all the banks reported a reduction in net profits for 2020 compared to that of 2019 mainly d

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Revenue squeeze could spur Gulf bond issuance to new highs in 2021

February 18, 2021

International debt sales by sovereigns and corporates in the Gulf region topped a record USD 100billion issuance in 2020 as governments raised capital to cover their widening deficits and corporates latched upon the opportunity to strengthen their

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Central Bank of Kuwait Allows Banks to Distribute 2020 Dividends

February 09, 2021

Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) has been at the forefront and took various measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on Kuwait economy and the banking sector. Some of the key measures taken by the central bank

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Major Global Investment Themes of 2020 – Tech stocks and Cryptocurrencies

January 14, 2021

Tech stocks and #crypto emerged as major investment themes. Which companies rose the most? How did crypto currencies fare in 2020?

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Oil Performance & Outlook – Positive Signals Abound

January 13, 2021

Oil prices stage a recovery after hitting multi-year lows in April. What is the outlook for 2021? What are the demand and supply projections?

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Vaccine approval helps GCC markets recover most of the year’s losses

January 12, 2021

Vaccine approvals, oil price recovery help GCC stocks to recover from March lows. Defensive stocks, Healthcare emerge as big winners in 2020

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A recap of Global Markets in 2020

January 10, 2021

Global markets recover well from Covid crash in March to reach new highs, aided by monetary easing and vaccine approval. How does the recovery compare with the 2008 crash?

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Kuwait and GCC Blue Chip Earnings

December 09, 2020

Many GCC and Kuwaiti Companies declared their Q3 earnings in November. Which Companies reported earnings growth? Which companies saw a fall in earnings?

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Stock Market Commentary: Vaccine optimism drives all markets higher

December 08, 2020

Vaccine optimism drives markets higher. Most markets recover their COVID-19 losses.

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MSCI includes Kuwait stocks in their Emerging Markets indices

December 07, 2020

MSCI completed the inclusion of Kuwait in Emerging markets index on Nov 30. Which Kuwait stocks were included? What would be the implications for capital inflows into Kuwait?

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IMF forecasts steeper fall in GCC countries’ 2020 GDP

November 09, 2020

What is IMF’s current outlook for GCC countries’ economy?How does it compare with IMF’s April forecast?

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Steep cut in project spending could depress Kuwait's oil output

November 08, 2020

What are some of the cost cutting measures taken by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation so far?What are the expenditure scenarios suggested by Public Debt Management Committee?

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Secular trends underline long-term growth for Islamic asset management

October 19, 2020

Sharia funds outperform due to lack of exposure to conventional banking, alcohol, gambling, tobacco, and cinema – businesses that took a big hit due to the lockdowns.

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Flurry of Bond issuances - How are GCC countries placed?

October 15, 2020

There has been a flurry of bond issuances by the GCC countries, so far. Could the pace of issuance continue?

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How deep is the impact of COVID-19 on the GCC aviation industry?

October 12, 2020

According to IATA, revenue of airlines in GCC region is expected to decline by 56% in 2020.Tech enabled processes such as self-service check-in and contactless health screening are likely to become integral part of the check-in process.

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Will COVID-19 increase the Cost of Capital in the GCC?

October 08, 2020

Learn how has the cost of capital progressed in the GCC over the years? What has been the impact of Covid-19? For Which GCC countries cost of capital has moved?

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Boursa Kuwait’s stock surges on its trading debut – Has privatization been a success?

October 08, 2020

Boursa Kuwait surges on its debut following its successful listing on the stock exchange. Could it spur further privatization and divestments?

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Estimating Corporate CapEx in Saudi Arabia

July 21, 2020

How has Covid-19 impacted Capex Utilization by Saudi Corporates in 2020 and the outlook for 2021?

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