Latest articles from Stephen Timewell

Libya eyes a world stage

August 30, 2010

Having emerged relatively unscathed from the global downturn, Libya is working hard to attract foreign investors, promote tourism and diversify its economy. Stephen Timewell reports.

New World Order

July 6, 2010

Forty years after BankAmerica topped The Banker's first global bank rankings in 1970, the US-based bank has once again taken the number one spot in 2010. While Bank of America, JPMorgan and Barclays all participated in 1970 and 2010, this 40th anniversary of the listings shows that much else has changed in the sector. The Banker's editor emeritus Stephen Timewell reports.

Firm foundations hold steady

May 28, 2010

A swift government response to the international meltdown coupled with an economy based around strong fundamentals mean that Qatar's banking system is emerging from the financial crisis in better shape than most. Writer Stephen Timewell

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Qatar's shining example

May 28, 2010

The rapid expansion of Qatar's energy sector has given a huge boost to the country's economy - and the financial sector has been making the most of the opportunities presented by this activity. Writer Stephen Timewell

Fighting fit

March 31, 2010

Despite a bitter public feud between the Saad Group and Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi and Brothers, two of the country's most influential business conglomerates, Saudi Arabia has emerged from the global recession in good health. Stephen Timewell analyses the country's performance and prospects.

Brave new world

March 31, 2010

Despite suffering a few shocks in 2009, Saudi Arabia's banking sector remains healthy and stable. As the sector faces up to the new realities and the need for change, an era of more modest, sustainable banking is emerging. Writer Stephen Timewell

How the Banks shaped up in 2009

March 31, 2010

There were mixed fortunes for Saudi Arabia's 12 banks, with 2008's most profitable brands retaining their positions with modest growth, impressive gains for NCB, some disappointing declines, while just one institution posted a loss.

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Palestinian banks count on deposits

March 31, 2010

Despite achieving strong results last year, Palestine's banking sector is working to address its weaknesses. With ample customer deposits, the focus is now on developing the processes used to grant loans to broaden out profit-making opportunities. Witer Stephen Timewell

M&A shake-up looms in Jordan

February 1, 2010

The impact of the global downturn and tighter regulations imposed by Jordan's central bank looks set to change the future shape of the country's banking sector. Writer Stephen Timewell

Poised for the fast lane

February 1, 2010

Conservative policies and tight banking regulations have given Jordan the stability it needs to foster business confidence. But it remains to be seen how its banking sector will adapt to the leaner, fitter economy. Writer Stephen Timewell

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