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Stock market flying high

March 3, 2004

Foreign investors are excluded, but Saudis have made fortunes on the fast-rising Saudi Stock Market in the past year, writes Mark Wallace.

New heights for Saudi’s banks

March 3, 2004

Rocketing profit levels in 2003 have given the kingdom’s banks a healthy start to the year. Expectations are high for the growth of financial services.

Market road to project finance

March 3, 2004

The Gulf region has become a focus of attention for global project financiers. Saudi Arabia has come late to this, but could yet prove the biggest draw of all, writes Kevin Godier.

Consumers run for cover

March 3, 2004

Root and branch reform of the Saudi insurance sector beckons rich pickings for underwriters and banks, writes James Gavin.

Full of promise

March 3, 2004

Russia’s bond market got off to a magnificent start in January with Gazprom’s record-breaking issue and it looks set to continue in a similar vein. Ben Aris asks if anything can hold it back.

Banks join party

March 3, 2004

The rise of the rouble against the dollar and falling bond yields have encouraged some banks to issue Eurobonds for the first time. Ben Aris reports.

Moscow’s muscle

March 3, 2004

Moscow City continues to dominate Russia’s regional bond market. With its infrastructure in need of rebuilding, the issue pipeline is looking promising. Ben Aris reports.

Pension plan stalls

March 3, 2004

The Kremlin has shifted emphasis away from encouraging growth, which is now strong, to tackling pressing social problems like pension reform. Ben Aris finds out that, although a good plan has got off to a bad start, there is hope for the future.
Marina is standing outside the Valentino shop in tears. She received her monthly Rbs400 pension ($15) yesterday but lost her avoska, the occasional shopping bag that all Russians used to carry, along with her purse.

Market forces

March 3, 2004

Since its collapse in 1998, Russia’s domestic bond market has made a spectacular comeback. Rosbank chairman Alexander Popov talks to The Banker about its future.

The ratings game

March 3, 2004

Russia’s straddling of the investment grade and high-yield ratings is an illustration of the contradictions within the country. Ben Aris reports that its macroeconomic success story is not yet fully supported by the political foundations it requires.

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