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    1. April 13, 2012

      Conflicting data on Irish homes

      From Mr Gregory Allen. Sir, Your correspondent Robin Wigglesworth notes that Ireland remains the biggest headache for both...

    2. April 4, 2012

      Local currency bonds: A rocky ride ahead

      For much of last year, local currency-denominated emerging market bonds were one of the hottest asset classes, as investors...

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    1. Egypt

      Transition toward a difficult new dawn...
    2. Islamic finance 2011

      The cheap cost of funds and Islamic branding have put Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank amo...
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    1. March 19, 2012

      Taming of the traders

      A loud roar of approval breaks out across the cavernous, crisp packet-littered trading floor in London’s Canary Wharf, as...

    2. December 22, 2011

      Subsidies: New government faces pressure to cut support

      Egypt remains desperately poor and, to pre-empt social unrest, the authorities have for decades provided cheap, subsidised...

    3. December 22, 2011

      Stock exchange: Mideast darling now in doldrums

      Egypt’s stock exchange, once one of the Arab world’s most vibrant and a darling of the international investment community,...

    4. December 22, 2011

      Healthcare: Undermined by decades starved of investment

      Like Cairo itself, the huge and rundown Qasr al-Aini hospital in central Cairo seems to function somehow despite the...

    5. December 14, 2011

      Compliance: Universal standards will aid growth

      The Islamic bond market has suffered a few knocks and scrapes in recent years, including its first defaults and a...

    6. December 14, 2011

      North Africa: Uprisings should provide a fillip

      Modern Islamic banking was arguably founded in Egypt more than 40 years ago, and while north Africa is home to more Muslims...

    7. September 22, 2011

      Middle East: Dubai sends discreet ripples across region

      Late in the evening on November 25 2009, the ritzy Arab metropolis of Dubai sent out a terse, seemingly innocuous statement...

    8. September 21, 2011

      Private equity: Years of oil-soaked expansion are over

      During the Gulf’s oil-soaked years of expansion, private equity was one of its hottest new industries, as local merchant...

    9. September 21, 2011

      Islamic finance: Niche market defies its critics, gaining in depth and sophistication

      Islamic banking has faced a series of squalls over the past few years, both financial and philosophical, but has kept on...

    10. August 30, 2011

      Looking at buy-backs as an alternative to cash dividends

      From Dr Peter Harding. Sir, Two articles in the Financial Times last week discussed share buy-backs largely in terms of the...

    11. July 25, 2011

      Terror in Norway: Utopia no more

      Drizzle fell from an overcast sky to match the mood as thousands queued to sign a book of condolence at Oslo University on...

    12. June 21, 2011

      A turbulent time to go public

      The vibrant international corporate bond markets stand in sharp contrast to the turbulent equity markets. It has made for a...

    13. April 18, 2011

      Capital markets: Regulator hopes to tame ‘anything goes’ market

      The Gulf’s stock markets wilted in the face of the worst financial crisis in generations, but few have endured as torrid a...

    14. March 9, 2011

      Bourses rally but risks remain

      After a gruelling couple of weeks, when several bourses suffered routs and all were infected by the political unrest...

    15. February 19, 2011

      Jubilant protesters take to the streets

      Demonstrators swarmed back on to Bahrain’s Pearl Roundabout on Saturday waving flags and flowers after the government...

    16. December 13, 2010

      North Africa: A region abounding with potential

      The headquarters building of Faisal Islamic Bank is one of the more imposing towers in Cairo, capital of Egypt. Severe,...

    17. October 21, 2010

      SMEs struggle to access funding in the Middle East

      Eyes on the market: a trader at the Kuwait stock exchange Earlier this year, Mohamed al-Mady, influential chief executive of...

    18. October 21, 2010

      Arabic’s intricasies prove a boon for Sakhr Software

      With its varied dialects, unwritten vowels and little punctuation, Arabic is a tough language to learn, and even harder to...

    19. September 9, 2010

      Interview transcript: Thaksin Shinawatra

      Robin Wigglesworth, Gulf correspondent, interviewed Thaksin Shinawatra, former prime minister of Thailand, in Dubai on April...

    20. May 12, 2010

      Products: Industry ‘strays too far from its roots’

      Modern Islamic finance has come a long way since it started as a modest, experimental venture in the Egyptian town of Mit...

    21. May 12, 2010

      Derivatives: ‘In need of robust architecture’

      Structuring derivatives that comply with the principles of sharia has long been one of the most complex niches of Islamic...

    22. March 9, 2010

      Anxiety rises in Kuwait where fear of neighbour runs high

      The US may be eagerly awaiting the complete withdrawal of its troops from Iraq next year, but Kuwait views the departure...

    23. February 19, 2010

      Dubai World’s restructuring likely to be a slow process

      Dubai’s decision in November 2009 to restructure the debts of one its largest state-owned conglomerates was an unexpected...

    24. February 17, 2010

      Zain to clear $5bn in asset sale

      Zain, the Kuwaiti telecoms company, plans to pocket about half of the proceeds of the proposed $10.7bn sale of its African...

    25. January 7, 2010

      Bail-out proposal splits Kuwait

      Kuwait's government vowed to oppose a move by parliament to force it to buy all $23.3bn of consumer loans in the country,...

    26. December 22, 2009

      Dubai World faces creditors

      Dubai World, the indebted government-owned conglomerate, met international bank creditors yesterday for the first time since...

    27. December 10, 2009

      Pressure grows on Istithmar

      Istithmar, the private equity arm of Dubai World, the debt-laden conglomerate, is coming under increasing pressure from...

    28. December 7, 2009

      Sukuk: Defaults destabilise a reviving market

      Conventional debt markets have gone through many crises over the years, but the credit crunch has been the first big test of...

    29. December 7, 2009

      Scholars: Sharia compliance rulings reverse trend

      Islamic finance might have been created by and for devout Muslim bankers and clerics, but big international banks have...

    30. December 7, 2009

      Middle East banks: Gulf looks beyond poor loans to consolidation

      Though prohibitions on interest spared the Middle East’s Islamic banks from subprime investment writedowns, the industry has...

    31. December 7, 2009

      Asset classes: Moves beyond property and equities pick up pace

      The bans under sharia law on interest and gambling, and its call for real assets to underlie all transactions, may have...

    32. November 18, 2009

      Regulatory weakness blocks Qatar’s regional ambitions

      The battle between Gulf exchanges heated up this year when the Qatari stock market launched its long-awaited partnership...

    33. October 19, 2009

      Testing the limits of Islamic debt

      The default of two prominent Middle Eastern investment companies is shaping up to be a test case for the $1,000bn Islamic...

    34. September 25, 2009

      Fitch downgrades banks in UAE

      Fitch Ratings downgraded a raft of banks in the United Arab Emirates yesterday due to the lower likelihood of state support...

    35. August 17, 2009

      Private equity executives detect signs that slowdown is easing

      A half decade of petrodollar-fuelled growth swelled the ranks of private equity firms and funds in the Gulf - but the...

    36. July 22, 2009

      Index upgrades halted

      When index provider MSCI Barra announced last month that it would not upgrade the stock markets of Kuwait, the United Arab...

    37. July 15, 2009

      Hesitant hedge funds tiptoe back

      This time last year, the region was awash with hedge fund money betting on potential currency revaluations. But as the...

    38. May 20, 2009

      Plight of Abu Dhabi workers

      Human Rights Watch has condemned the treatment of foreign building workers at one of Abu Dhabi's flagship projects. A...

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