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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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