• 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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The Test’ cooling inflation, improved ease of doing business and increased openness to foreign participation are set to encourage more foreign direct investment. A wealth of infrastructure investment under President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship Build Build Build programme should ease congestion, reduce regional inequality and further boost the flourishing tourism industry.

In early November Kenya’s Parliament agreed to remove a cap on interest rates that had been in place since 2016.

 

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?