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Developing Strategic Plans for the New Reality — In the Middle East and Beyond

In Kuwait, the complexities of changing economic models and shifting priorities emphasize the challenges of investing in new realities. Read More

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Investing in New Realities: Commodities, Disruptive Megatrends, and State Capitalism

Selections from CFA Institute Conference Proceedings for investment professionals ready to re-consider new investing realities by engaging with the latest thinking on global economics, frontier markets, innovative investment techniques and disruptive industry trends. Read More

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Little Market Reaction in a World of Risk

Old geopolitical risks have been replaced by new ones, but Nouriel Roubini sees financial markets largely unaffected. Read More

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Financial Warfare: The Threat May Be Enough to Keep the Peace, but There’s No Room for Complacency

How do investors navigate a climate in which currencies are potentially unstable and the Fed and central banks stand accused of becoming printing presses? Read More

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SMEs Are Crucial to Economic Development in the Middle East

Small- and medium-sized enterprises arguably hold the key to the economic development of the Middle East, but poor access to financing presents a challenge for entrepreneurs. Read More

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GIC’s Russell Read, CFA, on the Alpha and Beta of Commodities Investing

Commodity strategies have a major and multidimensional role to play in a diversified portfolio — especially for investors in the MENA region. Read More

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Islamic Finance Should Contribute More to Sustainable Economic Development: Volker Nienhaus

There is much potential for Islamic finance to promote sustainable economic development through such approaches as widening access to finance (including microfinance), financing infrastructure projects, and expanding the reach of takaful (Islamic insurance). Read More

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An Important Report on Middle Eastern High-Net-Worth Individuals

At the Middle East Investment Conference, Khaled Sifri, CEO, Emirates Investment Bank provided unique transparency into Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) high-net-worth individuals. Read More

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A President’s View of the Art of Negotiation

It isn’t often that you get a chance to listen to a former sitting president discuss the art of negotiation; and it is rarer still that you learn negotiating secrets from a leader whose peace treaty helped to end an intractable conflict and garnered him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Read More

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Modern Finance Is Seeing Historic Levels of Speculation

Not surprisingly, the 2008–2009 global financial crisis sent many financial professionals looking to history for a sense of appropriate context and perspective to understand the magnitude of such a catastrophic financial shock. This, in turn, sparked a general interest in financial history, but with few professional sources to turn to. At the 2014 Middle East Investment Conference, professor Adrian Bell, head of the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School considered the question of whether or not modern finance existed in the Middle Ages. Read More

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