Latest articles from Middle East

Stanley Fischer

Bank of Israel turns theory into practice

July 1, 2013

Stanley Fischer's time as Bank of Israel governor has coincided with dramatic changes in global thinking about the role of central banks. He looks back on how his work has evolved, and what still needs to be done to secure the future.

Boldly going: election campaign posters of Israeli-Arab candidates running for the parliamentary elections in the Galilee region of Israel; the Arabic people of this area, estimated to make up 20% of the population, are a growth market for Bank Hapoalim as it seeks new opportunities for its retail operations

Israeli banks changing course

July 1, 2013

Israel has a well-regulated banking sector that came through the financial crisis in good shape, but margins are tight and its largest banks are searching for ways to improve growth and returns.

Middle East banks continue to take small steps forward

July 1, 2013

Slow but steady growth seems to be the order of the day for banks in the Middle East, with most countries in the region having something to cheer.

NPL woes continue for European lenders

July 1, 2013

Asset quality in Greece deteriorated sharply, while remaining weak in Spain, Ireland and Slovenia. By contrast, non-performing loans are falling steadily in the US.

On the rise: lenders such as Qatar National Bank have benefited from the country’s construction boom

Qatar's banks stand strong

June 3, 2013

Despite the rapid growth that Qatar – and its banking sector – has experienced in recent years, the country's government is not resting on its laurels and is actively looking to address issues such as an overcrowding of the market, overdependence on foreign funding and the economy’s lack of diversification. 

Saudi Arabia digs deep with infrastructure spending

May 1, 2013

Over the past few years, Saudi Arabia has been putting its vast oil wealth to work, upgrading its limited infrastructure in a bid to cater to the rising demand for office space, housing, schools and healthcare.

Deals of the Year 2013

Deals of the Year 2013 – Middle East

May 1, 2013

The Deals of the Year winners from the Middle East.

Saudi Arabia puts its capital to work

May 1, 2013

One of the few countries to remain largely unaffected by the global financial downturn, Saudi Arabia's economy is growing at a pace and, despite its expansionary fiscal policy, it continues to post a budgetary surplus. It has now started to put this capital to work in tackling pressing social issues, such as its high unemployment rate and housing shortage.

An enviable position

Saudi's banks enjoy an enviable position

May 1, 2013

Government spending has kept the Saudi Arabian economy buoyant over the past few years, allowing the country's banks to maintain a healthy profit level in 2012. And their prosperity is showing no signs of waning, with an ambitious home ownership target spurring growth in the mortgage market and momentum building in the small and medium-sized enterprise space.

Saudi Arabia's investment banking industry picks up the pace

May 1, 2013

Saudi Arabia's investment banking industry is gaining momentum, thanks in large part to a region-wide uptick in bond issuance, in mergers and acquisitions and growing demand for project finance. But the evolution of this sector is far from over, as the country's bankers turn their minds to deepening the markets and encouraging the liberalisation of the stock exchange.

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