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The insurance market in Kuwait is small but has potential. The Gulf Insurance Company is taking advantage of that and leading the market

Kuwaiti insurance group GIG expands across the Gulf

The insurance market in Kuwait is small but has potential. The Gulf Insurance Company is taking advantage of that and leading the market

Kuwait has long been the less flashy nation in the Gulf but that does not mean it has been any less successful. It has a burgeoning economy, which grew 2.3 percent in 2013. While non-petroleum sectors accounted for only 10 percent of that growth, they are...

Outrageous predictions: ‘2015 is a great year for employment’

World Finance speaks to Saxo Bank’s Chief Economist, Steen Jakobsen, to discuss the bank’s predictions for the year

World Finance: So putting aside your outrageous predictions for 2015, what do you think the year ahead will look like? Steen Jakobsen: If you had three inputs, energy prices, interest rates and currency, what would be the path of least resistance? C...

There are fears that China’s ambitions to boost shale gas production could compromise the nation’s already inadequate fresh water reserves

China calculates the risks of cranking up shale gas production

There are fears that China’s ambitions to boost shale gas production could compromise the nation’s already inadequate fresh water reserves

Among China’s long list of feats is one that reads: host to the largest shale gas deposits in the world (see Fig. 1). And while at first glance the characteristic appears the perfect fit for the world’s number one consumer of energy, the process of ta...

There are fears that China’s ambitions to boost shale gas production could compromise the nation’s already inadequate fresh water reserves

China calculates the risks of cranking up shale gas production

There are fears that China’s ambitions to boost shale gas production could compromise the nation’s already inadequate fresh water reserves

Oil and gas in 2015 will be survival of the richest

Record low oil prices will force major companies to curb their ambitions, whereas lesser names will struggle to break even

Hoidi Group’s win-win strategy drives China’s industrial insurgence

Rapid industrialisation over the past few decades in China has seen a number of firms come to the forefront as strong global engineering players

Equity trading in the emerging markets: TradeNet advises

World Finance speaks to the President of TradeNet – a leading equity order management company based in Saudi Arabia – to discuss what advice first-time traders in the emerging markets need

Record redemptions hit Pimco following Gross departure

Pimco’s flagship Total Return Fund has been hit by hefty redemptions following the abrupt departure of co-founder and fund manager Bill Gross

European corporates continue to falter

Stability has returned to the global economy, although the sovereign debt crisis has left a marked impact on the credit quality of European Corporates

Binary options: why didn’t the regulators step in earlier?

Retail investors love binary options trading for its simplicity, while the sites that peddle these ponzi schemes make a killing out of their naivety

Can Ecuador’s digital currency save its economy?

Ecuador’s government is poised to introduce a state-backed digital currency to reverse its decline, though some claim the name is misleading

IronFX explores impact of risk aversion on currency markets

The recent turmoil in emerging markets, starting from the US Federal Reserve’s decision to taper off its bond purchases and culminating in Russia’s position on Ukraine, has brought to the fore the issue of risk aversion

QIB sprearheads innovation in Islamic banking products

Qatar Islamic Bank – the first Islamic bank in Qatar – is constantly focused on developing new and innovative Islamic banking products and services

Acting CEO to drive innovation and growth at Qatar First Bank

The newly appointed Acting CEO of Qatar First Bank, Ahmad Meshari, is one of the most influential names in Islamic finance, and looks set to lead the firm on to unprecedented success

Bank Nizwa prospers as Oman embraces Islamic banking

As the first Islamic finance institution in the country, Bank Nizwa is leading the way in opening up the promising Omani market for customers and investors alike

Technological innovations are key for the strengthening of MSMEs in developing countries. It’s crucial for suppliers such as the Computer Warehouse Group to deliver the tech that MSMEs need

CWG uses technology to empower MSMEs in Nigeria

Technological innovations are key for the strengthening of MSMEs in developing countries. It’s crucial for suppliers such as the Computer Warehouse Group to deliver the tech that MSMEs need

WOR(l)D Global Network becomes a top innovator in the technology market

Direct selling, in which profits are ethically made in proportion to both the time and cash flow invested, has become an integral part of corporate operations

Actavis moves closer to finalising Allergan buyout

Actavis looks set to beat long-time rival Valeant as the winning bidder for Allergan in a buyout deal worth up to $65.5bn