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GCC banks may issue $43bn of Basel III debt by 2019

Arqaam Capital, the specialist emerging and frontier markets investment bank, expects GCC banks to issue $43 billion of Basel III compliant debt by 2019 in order to improve the quantity and quality of their capital base. Jaap Meij

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GCC banks’ earnings ‘set to slide’ after solid H1

Banks in the GCC, which reported a good set of gains in the first half of 2015, could see a weakening in earnings over the next several quarters due to the knock-on effects of lower oil prices on growth and asset quality, a report said.

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Qatar's regulator to grant licences to GCC banks

Qatar's central bank is to grant licences to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) banks to open branches in the state, the government said on Wednesday. Qatar already has a relatively large number of banks - around 18 - servicing a

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Mena banks’ outlook 'in sharp contrast'

The outlook for banks across the Mena region signals a diverging trend, with stable prospects for GCC banks contrasting with unsettled conditions in rest of Mena region, a report said. The outlook is split between the buoyant oper

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Asset-quality challenges seen for GCC banks

The 49 Moody’s-rated banks across the GCC are likely to continue to face structural asset-quality challenges and elevated event risks over the next credit cycle, said Moody’s Investors Service. However, the rating agency pointed out that g

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Rescue plan to boost Gulf banks' recovery

GCC banks are gradually expected to recover from the impact of the crisis on the back of stimulus plans initiated by the official authorities and the central banks, said a report. "The future expectations in the banking sector is condition

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