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Chapter | Capital Markets from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Kuwait’s equity markets have gone through a remarkable series of reforms in recent years, and the state has been rewarded with upgrades by international index compilers and ballooning inflows of foreign investment. Enabling infrastructure and a robust legal framework are in place to ensure continued development, and demand for assets has been proven. Therefore, what is critical going forward...

Chapter | Banking from The Report: Kuwait 2019

Performance has rebounded in the Kuwaiti banking and financial sectors after a number of years repairing the damage caused by the 2007-08 global financial crisis. Banks’ balance sheets show that net profits, assets, loans and deposits are all growing strongly, and financial metrics look robust, while various industry assessments show that it is well capitalised. This chapter contains a...

With the sixth-largest proven oil reserves in the world, and an industry that dates back to the early days of oil and gas dominance in energy, Kuwait is among the world’s principal hydrocarbons powers. Yet, given the lower oil prices seen in global markets in recent years, initiatives outlined in the New Kuwait 2035 development plan come at a critical time in terms of enhancing the state’s competitiveness as a destination for foreign direct investment.

A new law supporting the development of Islamic finance has been introduced in the Philippines, in a move expected to boost financial inclusion and investment opportunities.

A free-floating currency, a large and diversified economy, the absence of capital controls and an increasingly attractive tax regime continue to make Mexico one of the stars of emerging market portfolio investment. The Mexican peso remains the second-most widely traded emerging market currency after the Chinese yuan, and is often treated by investors as a proxy for emerging...

Reaching lower-income segments of the population is notoriously challenging for insurers. In a country such as Mexico, where almost half of the 129.5m-strong population lives below the poverty line and the insurance culture is still underdeveloped, this is particularly difficult. As a result, Mexico has become a leading developer of micro-insurance plans, which are tailored to...