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Stronger dirham good for remitters, bad for borrowers

The end of seven years of zero interest rates era in the world's largest economy will have its repercussions in the GCC countries as a stronger dollar impacts the region on several fronts. While a stronger dollar could translate into stronger regional

Rupee faces moment of truth with $2.6b outflow before Fed

India’s rupee is feeling the heat as the Federal Reserve looks set to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade. The currency, touted as Asia’s most resilient to a US rate increase by Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, has extended

Pound drops as BoE’s Shafik says pay jump needed for rate hike

The pound declined against all except one of its 16 major peers as Bank of England Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking Minouche Shafik said she will “proceed with caution” when considering voting for an interest-rate increase. The UK currency halted

Gulf currency reviewed

The pros and cons of a unified Gulf currency were discussed at an economic lecture held on Thursday at the Isa Cultural Centre. The event, which was held by the Shura Council in conjunction with the Gulf Monetary Council, was an overview of the issues

China FX reserves plunge to lowest level since Feb 2013

China’s foreign exchange reserves, the world’s largest, fell by $87.2 billion in November to $3.44 trillion, central bank data showed on Monday, the lowest level since February 2013 and the third largest monthly drop on record. Analysts blamed the fall

Saudi riyal peg seen safer than forward contracts imply

The recent spike in US dollar/Saudi riyal forward points has prompted speculation that Saudi Arabia may abandon the riyal peg to the US dollar, but the country’s fundamentals and abundant reserves don’t justify such a move, writes Bloomberg strategist

Masraf Al Rayan wins 2015 WIBC Awards

Masraf Al Rayan, a leading bank in Qatar and the region, has won the 2015 World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) Performance Awards across all three categories- country, regional and global. The World Islamic Banking Conference 2015 was held on December

Euromoney to discuss growth in Qatari capital market

The future direction of Qatar’s capital markets, as well as the strength of the country’s institutions, will be examined at the forthcoming Euromoney Qatar Conference, set to run from 9-10 December at the Ritz-Carlton in Doha. The speakers in the panel

Exchange rate peg to dollar is ‘appropriate’ for GCC: QNB

The exchange rate peg to the US dollar is an appropriate policy framework for the GCC as it provides a stabilisation of inflation and output growth. As the GCC moves further down the diversification path, especially with regards to exports, it could

China leaves India trailing in race for reserve currency status

China's accession to the International Monetary Fund's elite has left behind India, whose cautious approach to liberalisation means the rupee is unlikely to be a viable candidate for reserve currency status for at least a decade. China has campaigned

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