Latest articles from Michael Imeson

Lawrence Gonzi

July 7, 2009

Dr Lawrence Gonzi, prime minister of Malta

Malta might be tiny but it is determined to make itself heard on the world stage. Dr Lawrence Gonzi, prime minister of Malta, explains how. Writer Michael Imeson

Controlling costs, Keeping customers

July 7, 2009

Financial services providers are looking for better ways to manage their customer operations, with outsourcing on the list of options. This was the topic for discussion at a recent round table organised by The Banker and sponsored by Transcom Worldwide, a provider of outsourced business processes

Reg Rage: US Treasury to shake up finance rules

July 7, 2009

A plan to create a new system of financial regulation in the US has just been announced. Bankers are already pleading for some of the proposals to be modified. Writer Michael Imeson

Reg Rage: EU to cut hedge funds down to size

June 4, 2009

EU policymakers have sharpened their shears and launched an attack on hedge fund managers and other alternative investment fund managers. Writer Michael Imeson

Gold securities trading, the Islamic way

June 4, 2009

Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DMCC's executive chairman
Investors in the Middle East can now buy a gold exchange-traded commodity that complies with Islamic law. Writer Mike Imeson

Reg Rage: G-20 bullies Swiss bankers into submission

May 5, 2009

Switzerland has just caved in to pressure from the big economic powers and relaxed its banking secrecy laws. Some fear this is the beginning of the end of its long tradition of client confidentiality. Writer Michael Imeson

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Bright vision in a gloomy climate

May 5, 2009

Abu Dhabi's second Islamic bank was launched almost a year ago, just before the global financial crisis hit the Middle East. Despite this Al Hilal Bank continues to expand. Writer Mike Imeson

Reg Rage: PPI restrictions will hit where it hurts

April 7, 2009

Just as the UK goes into recession, the authorities decided to get tough on loan repayment insurance. Surely this is dreadful timing? Writer Michael Imeson

Tighter times for Bahrain

April 7, 2009

The global economic downturn is catching up with Bahrain's banks. However, the country still has some cause for optimism, particularly in its Islamic banking sector. Writer Michael Imeson

Can deep pockets protect the UAE?

April 7, 2009

The United Arab Emirates began to feel the chill winds of global recession late last year. However, the Emirates' immense accumulated wealth, especially that of Abu Dhabi, is likely to protect the economy in general, and the financial system in particular, from the worst effects. Writer Michael Imeson

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