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Feeling our presence

Feeling our presence

This article is part of an Executive special report on wealth management and private banking. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up September’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   Roula Habis is a new managing partner at Optimum Invest, a Beirut based financial company. Formerly the general manager of Middle East Capital

On topic: Lebanon’s capital markets

This article is part of an Executive special report on wealth management and private banking. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up September’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. With the lack of active capital markets, banks have as of yet provided the largest source of outside financing to private companies, resulting largely

The international edge

This is the first installment of an Executive special report on wealth management and private banking. The rest of the report will be published here over the coming week. It should not be surprising that combinations of Swiss and Lebanese virtues have a lot of potential for profitable relationships, including some that are taciturn to the

A late summer swelter

Arab markets trended up or flat with positive bias at a rate of three to one in the 35th week of the year. Indices were intonating pretty much the same melody of small to moderate gains as in the previous week, but with a swelling in some turnovers in the last trading sessions of August.

Follow-on effects

Lebanon’s banking sector is always on the prowl, searching high and low for new ways to expand and diversify its portfolio. From driving expansion into foreign markets to expanding its customer base at home, some local banks have already started to look for ways to expand in a whole new sector: financing to exploit Lebanon’s

Minimalism returns

Minimalism is back in force on the region’s security markets and minimalism thus is in order for reporting on week 33 in the bourses of the Middle East and North Africa. Weekly index gains were topped by rises of 3.4 and 2.6 percent in Doha and Abu Dhabi in the Gulf and by a 3

Canal dreams

Appearances of a lazy summer month with underlying continued positive sentiment played out in the Middle East and North Africa during the 32nd week of the year, the first full week of trading after the end of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. The Saudi and the Egyptian bourses each pushed higher quite nicely, based on future-minded

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Bemo ventures into oil

“Once you work on a specific energy industry, you will get to know it. You build a track record in it so the next time you pitch … it’s easier to get deals,” says Joude Badra, former deputy head of investment banking at Bemo Saudi Fransi Finance (BSFF). In March, Bemo Securitization (BSEC) and BSFF

The irrational hand of the market

The third trading week in Ramadan was the third week of near universal index gains in the securities markets of the Middle East and North Africa. Volumes were mixed, with the anticipated summer slowdown happening in some markets but certainly not all around the region. The indices of the ASE and BSE in the Mashreq

Upward arrows in the Gulf

Investor confidence is a touchy life form that can wither from all sorts of things: to name but a few, jitters can be caused in any market by surprise board announcements, an absence of board announcements, too many rumors, too little transparency, too much volatility in tandem with too little liquidity, and even the reverse

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