• Financial Services

    OBG’s banking, insurance and investment coverage looks at revenue and profit trends, market share changes, foreign entry and regulatory developments while our capital markets sector analyses provide information on the stock and bond markets, IPO activity and regulatory changes.
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While advanced economies generate the vast majority of insurance and reinsurance business, emerging markets are posting higher rates of growth. Complementing this underlying trend is a strong and expanding interest in catastrophic risk, which by nature tends to pertain to emerging markets. This is coming alongside fast-paced, sector-...

 

The UAE’s insurance market is the largest in the GCC, and Dubai-based institutions, whether catering to the domestic sphere or serving the region from the emirate’s renowned financial free zone, play a central role in it. Dubai has a growing and multi-tiered insurance sector, with a conventional market as well as an offshore segment that...

 

The status of Dubai as a global financial centre means that it plays a central role in the domestic Islamic financial services (IFS) sector. Thanks in large part to an ambitious government strategy, the sharia-compliant financial industry has emerged as a globally significant player. The combined assets of the world’s Islamic finance market...

 

With sukuk (Islamic bonds) listings reaching $51.2bn worldwide, what steps are being taken to diversify sharia-compliant products?

 

Despite the ubiquity of futures trading on advanced markets around the globe, they remain a relatively new concept in the Gulf. Futures represent an essential risk-management tool for fund managers, and their arrival to the region has long been anticipated by stakeholders. In this regard, Dubai has established itself as a regional pioneer,...

 

Dubai’s status as a financial centre rests to a large extent on its advanced capital markets. The city’s various trading floors have played a regionally important role as pioneers of new instruments and market processes, and succeeded in attracting investment from both home and abroad. Competition for scarce liquidity in the Gulf has, however...