Expert Comment

12 Dec 2011
Discretionary portfolios now represent around two thirds of all assets under management. This growth is good news for the industry, but with Mena investors demanding much more from their asset managers, does this expansion in the client base come at a price?
7 Nov 2011
After decades of unrest, Iraq suddenly represents an exciting investment prospect for fund managers across the world. Three upcoming telecoms IPOs look set to bolster the country’s $2-3bn stock exchange as the opportunities just keep on coming
31 Oct 2011
Libya’s investment potential has stalled in 2011 as the country fought to resolve a drawn-out civil war. But as the sun sets on the old regime, there are opportunities amid the rubble for both fund managers and investors alike
24 Oct 2011
Current unrest in the Mena region is driving new opportunities in cross-border investment and a ave of special situations funds are ready to take advantage of market dislocations with a long-term view
19 Sep 2011
Islamic finance has soared in popularity in the GCC and this growth looks set to continue as even non-Muslims begin to see the long-term benefits of Shariah compliance
15 Sep 2011
The UAE’s ubiquitous new fund regulations have been widely discussed behind closed doors, but it’s hard to tell exactly what effect they will have on the local fund industry and the wider GCC
8 Sep 2011
Bahrain's fund industry has taken a beating in 2011, following a period of serious civil unrest. However, the country's Economic Development Board insists that its fundamentals are strong enough to survive the crisis.
22 Aug 2011
Commodities represent an attractive opportunity for investors but GCC-based commodity producers can offer much more than the usual basket of products. The time has come for global investors to reconsider the high-risk, high-return profiles of the GCC’s commodity producers
16 Aug 2011
For more than a year the financial centres of Qatar and the UAE have been implementing strategic changes in the hope of winning MSCI’s coveted emerging market status. But the decision has now been held back until December prompting mixed feelings on what this means for Mena
15 Jul 2011
Mena’s fixed-income market has benefited from recent market instability, offering a viable long-term alternative strategy to investors. The evidence now suggests that it’s not just Mena investors who are catching on to the evolving opportunities in the bond sector
27 Jun 2011
At a time when the majority of investors are reconsidering their Mena exposure, Capital Generation Partners’ Ian Barnard offers an insight into why his firm has pulled back from emerging markets and how Mena can win back the confidence of investors
12 Jun 2011
The Mena region’s hedge fund industry is all but non-existent, but those who are driving the alternative investment market see enormous potential for future growth. Alternative investments specialist GulfMena is at the cutting edge of the sector’s development, and CEO Haissam Arabi explains why normalising hedging techniques could boost the region’s investment prospects