The rare opportunities in retail banking

The rare opportunities in retail banking

Retail banks in the UAE have been hit hard by reduced income from lending and fees this year, and are looking to cut costs. Sadly, this means there's…

Expats will leave Dubai even when things get BETTER

Expats will leave Dubai even when things get BETTER

Dubai's reliance on expat financial services talent is no secret, nor is the fact that increasing numbers are hopping on planes home as redundancies rise and job opportunities…

Expect further shake-ups at Morgan Stanley’s Middle East operations

Expect further shake-ups at Morgan Stanley’s Middle East operations

On the face of it, the resignation of Morgan Stanley's Middle East president, George Makhoul, seems to have happened for relatively benign reasons - a declining fee pool…

Why you may become richer working for an international investment bank next year

Why you may become richer working for an international investment bank next year

One of the consequences of the potential G20 crackdown on investment banker bonuses is that base salaries could skyrocket. This is likely to give the Middle Eastern operations…

DCM bankers benefiting from lending drought

DCM bankers benefiting from lending drought

Debt capital markets (DCM) in the Middle East have continued to defy the downturn this year with companies looking to bonds to shore up their balance sheets as…

Who hired in the Middle East in August?

Who hired in the Middle East in August?

After picking up a bit of momentum over the last few months, financial services recruitment in the Middle East was relatively slow August. Obviously times are tough, but…

Gulf SWFs look to international investment banks for M&A teams

Gulf SWFs look to international investment banks for M&A teams

Gulf sovereign wealth funds have been stretching their influence beyond the region this year and getting involved in a large number of global M&A deals. As a result,…

Bad times for independent brokers

Bad times for independent brokers

Many smaller brokerage firms in the UAE are being forced into lay offs, suspending their operations or shutting down altogether as things take a turn for the worse…

Wanted: formerly unemployed people who now have jobs

Wanted: formerly unemployed people who now have jobs

Have you spent months out of the market in the past two years, but managed to get a financial services job again fairly recently? If so, we'd be…

Middle East candidates are not very good at passing the CFA

Middle East candidates are not very good at passing the CFA

The Chartered Financial Analyst qualification has been gaining traction in the Middle East in recent years, but those in the region attempting to pass the notoriously difficult exams…

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