FAST FINANCEThe sound of squeaking tires echoed across the financial world as investment bankers pulled their cars to the side of the road as they heard news of the possible IPO by Saudi Aramco. If completed, it would be the biggest public company in the world and its initial ...
January 11, 2016Blake Goud
In this issue:ESG-Financial Performance Link Explored - The right question about performance may be how much does the evidence support a positive link Saudi Arabia's Budget Gets a Buffer - The new Saudi budget is notable for all its ...
January 3, 2016Blake Goud
FAST FINANCEThe subject captivating global investors during the last week was the resolution of the big question: when will the Federal Reserve complete its first rate hike and how will global assets react. Although equity markets have dropped in the U.S. since the policy change occurred, it is still too ...
December 21, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCEAhead of the Federal Reserve meeting on December 15-16 where all signs are the Fed will commence a gradual rise in rates, oil markets continue to be under pressure. In part this reflects the effect of a stronger dollar, as well as new estimates from the International Energy Agency ...
December 14, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCEThank you to everyone who joined us in Bahrain last week for the World Islamic Banking Conference. We were very pleased with the level of discourse that the event generated and have taken note of the feedback we received at the event itself as well as through our Twitter. ...
December 7, 2015Blake Goud
Hong Kong benefits from RMB internationalization & could facilitate China-related capital market development including sukuk
FAST FINANCEChina announced that it would provide $10 billion in infrastructure loans to Southeast Asian countries and $560 million in loan to low-income ASEAN nations. In doing so, it paves the way for the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which is expected to launch ...
November 23, 2015Blake Goud
Time for the IMF to help strengthen Islamic Banking dataThere an absence of internationally comparable data in Islamic finance which hinders the ability of stakeholders—those within the industry, those responsible for regulating it and most importantly customers and their advocates—to get an accurate picture of the stability of Islamic financial ...
November 16, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCEStrong employment gains in the US during October and testimony given by Janet Yellen in front of Congress this week are raising expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise rates at its December meeting. The rise in US rates, if it occurs as expected, could boost efforts ...
November 9, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE Global monetary policy continues to be a driving force in global equity markets as well as for commodity prices that are important for emerging markets across the MENASEA region. Since last week’s issue where we mentioned an increasing likelihood that the European Central Bank would add more stimulus ...
November 2, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE Mario Draghi is set to act again to fight growing deflationary threats in the Eurozone and the ECB has set its December meeting as the place where it will decide whether to increase its current 60 billion euro asset purchase program. Draghi has not ...
October 26, 2015Blake Goud