Angolan banks learn from their excesses

Angolan banks learn from their excesses

May 1, 2014

Angola’s banking sector has been hit by a recent rise in non-performing loans, a legacy of reckless lending in the past decade. But bankers are optimistic that the worst is over. 

Reforming Angola's macroeconomy

May 1, 2014

Angola’s government has been praised for its macroeconomic reforms of recent years, but more are needed to accelerate economic diversification, and public financial management still needs to be strengthened.

Kuwait progresses towards Islamic banking vision

Kuwait progresses towards Islamic banking vision

April 1, 2014

Islamic banking already has a strong presence in Kuwait. With a number of innovative lenders competing in the sector, and support and regulatory oversight from the country's central bank, it looks as though the industry can only become a more prominent fixture on the country's financial landscape.

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential

Will Kuwait dig deep to realise energy potential?

April 1, 2014

Kuwait may lay claim to more than 5% of the world's total oil reserves, but without the expertise and equipment needed to tap into the bulk of this, and with strict rules prohibiting foreign help, the country is struggling to realise its energy potential.

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

Competition hotting up in resurgent Kuwaiti banking sector

April 1, 2014

With performance starting to pick up again in the Kuwaiti banking sector, and strong growth potential both in the domestic market and in neighbouring Iraq, the small country is finding itself the focus of a growing number of lenders, with competition among them growing fierce.

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

Kuwait looks to build on firm foundations

April 1, 2014

Steadily rising oil prices, a stable economy and the implementation of the National Development Plan are causing ripples of optimism in Kuwait, as the country looks to build on the slow progress it has been making in recent years.

Kuwait's upgraded exchange gears up for more business

April 1, 2014

With a greatly increased technological capacity and a new external regulator increasing transparency, hopes are high that there will soon be a healthy pipeline of deals for the Kuwait Stock Exchange.

Mohammad Al-Hashel

Kuwait's CBG pushes optimistically ahead

April 1, 2014

With the country's well-capitalised banking sector set to transition smoothly to Basel III standards and a positive macroeconomic outlook, central bank governor Mohammad Al-Hashel is able to concentrate on Kuwait's longer term prospects. He tells The Banker how he expects more growth in the Islamic banking sector and an increase in government spending, both of which will prove beneficial to the country's economy.

Corporate bond market squeezed as dealers withdraw

Corporate bond market squeezed as dealers withdraw

March 3, 2014

Corporate bond market participants are starting to look for alternative ways to trade bonds as regulations put the squeeze on the amount of liquidity in the banking system. 

Government issuers prepare for higher interest rates

March 3, 2014

The prospect of a gradual rise in long-term interest rates in the US is significant for the highest grade sovereign, supranational and agency issuers, but there are other factors helping maintain healthy demand for their bonds.

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