Author Archives: Maya Sioufi

2012 Forecasts

2012 Forecasts

The view for 2012 is cautious rather than catastrophic, according to Bill O’Neill, chief investment officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. “One of the potentially good news stories in the coming year is a stronger domestic United States economy. The worst-case scenario would be a run on European

Q&A – Maroun Mourad

Zurich Financial Services Group (ZFSG), an insurance conglomerate with global reach, has been increasing its activities in the Middle East as part of an expansion strategy focused on emerging markets. Now one-year after the Swiss-based multinational acquired Compagnie Libanaise d’Assurances (CLA), a Beirut-based insurer with licenses in several countries in the Gulf region, Executive sat

Lebanese capital markets

The payment of Lebanon’s $32.6 million share of the annual funding for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon boosted activity on the Beirut Stock Exchange (BSE) in the latter part of November. The BLOM Stock Index (BSI) climbed by more than 4% during the period to 1,224 points, before retreating to 1,189 points by the end

Lebanese securities performance 2011

For the Beirut Stock Exchange (BSE), crises at home and abroad made 2011 a predictably rough year. A five-month government deadlock in Lebanon left the country in a bind, and Lebanese securities priced in this uncertainty. Revolutions in the Arab world and the unresolved European sovereign debt crisis took their toll on the Lebanese stock

Performance of Lebanese banks in 2011

Lebanese banks had to prove their resilience once again in 2011, though instead of dodging a global financial crisis, this time around they had to navigate a five-month government stalemate, the undoing of Lebanese Canadian Bank (LCB) and the continuing Arab revolutions. For the first nine months of 2011, assets, deposits and profits all grew,

Fadi Khalaf – Arab Federation of Exchanges

Lebanon’s capital market is entering a new era, at least in legislative terms, with parliament’s approval of the long awaited capital market law in August 2011. In a next step, an independent regulatory authority with oversight of the Beirut Stock Exchange (BSE) is to be created and headed by the central bank governor, the indomitable

Beirut Stock Exchange: Ringing the changes

The Beirut Stock Exchange (BSE) could be considered among the sick children of Middle Eastern bourses. With a tiny market capitalization of $11 billion and an average daily volume of trades of $2 million, it is eclipsed in the shadows of the big boys in the Gulf such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Abu Dhabi,