Latest articles from James King

Top 1000 World Banks – Chinese banks top for net interest income

June 29, 2015

Chinese lenders dominate the top 20 banks by net interest income tables in 2015.

Qatari banks health check

Qatar's banks: a health check

June 1, 2015

A snapshot of Qatar’s banks shows a sector in good health, with sound provision levels and growth in public sector credit. But with real estate prices increasing rapidly, concerns remain over the potential for a bubble emerging in the market. 

Lebanon in stasis

In stasis: Lebanon's economy stifled by Syria and political deadlock

April 30, 2015

The civil war in bordering Syria and a stagnant political scene have caused Lebanon's economy to grow at a slow pace in recent years. While factors such as the low oil price give some cause for optimism, the prevailing feeling of uncertainty in the country means few see it realising its full potential any time soon.

Egypt on the comeback trail

On the comeback trail: Egypt's banks start to blossom

April 30, 2015

The global financial crisis and Arab Spring uprisings all but decimated Egypt's economy. However, its banks survived this period with admirable resilience, and now that the economy is back on an upward spiral, they are looking to cash in.

Lebanese banks go global

Lebanese banks go global

April 30, 2015

Operating in a relatively small domestic market often beset by social and political upheaval has led Lebanese banks to look overseas as a way of expanding, something from which they are now reaping the dividends.

Daud Vicary Abdullah

Is Inceif the answer to the Islamic finance industry's headaches?

April 30, 2015

Islamic finance may be a rapidly growing industry, but its pace of development is leading to a variety of shortfalls, from human capital to regulatory harmonisation. Daud Vicary Abdullah, the president of the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance in Malaysia, explains to James King how his institution could provide the answer to these problems.

Saudi Arabia maintains its momentum

Saudi Arabia maintains its momentum

April 1, 2015

Events such as the death of a long-standing ruler or plummeting prices of a key export would have led to social and economic upheaval in many countries, yet Saudi Arabia has managed both with an impressive ease.

Saudi Arabia outside of the oil

How Saudi Arabia's non-oil private sector is fuelling growth

April 1, 2015

The non-oil private sector is playing an ever-expanding role in the growth of Saudi Arabia's economy. However, will it be able to help tackle the country's high unemployment ratio and low home ownership rates? James King reports.

Saudi banks defy oil pressure to stay on growth path

Saudi banks defy oil pressure to stay on growth path

April 1, 2015

The impact of low oil prices on Saudi Arabia's banks in 2014 was negligible, as they posted stellar figures. And the sector looks to be in a good position to continue to thrive, says James King, a testimony to its prudent management.

Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth

Kuwait ignited: Gulf country enters a new phase of economic growth

April 1, 2015

Hit hard by the global financial crisis and a stagnant domestic political scene, Kuwait is now emerging as a stable, pro-business destination with a buoyant private sector and an economy moving away from its reliance on oil, as James King discovers.

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