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Oil Market Update "Push & Pull"

Hot topics – 16 July 2018

The past 12 months have seen crude maintain its bullish mood and this was underlined when Brent tested the US$80 a barrel mark in May this year. Admittedly we have seen a minor technical retracement since then, but the fundamental and geopolitical environment overall still appears supportive for prices going forward. In this report we discuss how much further potential upside is possible in the near to medium term and what factors, both bullish and bearish should one keep an eye on.

Glenn Wepener, Exec. Director & Geopolitical Analyst

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Where currencies go, so do markets — and the dollar is up

Weekly Investment View – 15 July 2018

Global markets are becoming increasingly driven by currency action. And, for now at least, the dollar continues to lead gains. The question now is at which point the strong dollar becomes a problem for the Fed – it already is giving emerging markets the pains.

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Issuance of FIxed income in Saudi and the GCC. Also, the Abraaj capital saga

INTERVIEW – Bloomberg TV – 11 July 2018

Saudi Arabia is asking banks to pitch for roles on a potential dollar-denominated Islamic bond sale, people with knowledge of the matter said. Mohammed Ali Yasin, chief executive officer of FAB Securities, weighs in on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." He also talks about Abraaj, the private equity firm that’s undergoing a court-supervised restructuring

Mohammed Ali Yasin , the FABS CEO

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GCC Fixed Income - 1H 2018 Chart book

04 July 2018

Our quarterly review of GCC bond and sukuk markets provides a quick snapshot of new issuance, secondary market performance, and some key stories such as the Bahrain sovereign situation - all in a chart book format.

Rakesh Sahu, Analyst, Market Insights & Strategy
Chavan Bhogaita, Head of Market Insights & Strategy
 

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Global Macro interview on CNBC

Macro Strategy – 28 June 2018

As investors consider and position for the myriad macroeconomic and geopolitical challenges currently buffeting global financial markets, we were recently invited to analyze and discuss our outlook for markets on CNBC’s Capital Connection. Listen to more from our Market Insights Macro strategist, Simon Ballard.Simon Ballard, Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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All German Risk is Not Made Equal

Macro Strategy – 20 June 2018

While risk pricing across the three entities of the German sovereign, Volkswagen and Porsche CDS contracts may have all enjoyed the same direction of travel through much of last year, the relative relationship has been significantly different over the first 6 months of 2018. As a result, investors in German risk will have been rewarded for a much more discerning approach to risk/reward dynamics this year. For those that now anticipate deeper deterioration in the VW scandal or the German political outlook over the coming months, we would suggest monitoring the Porsche 5Y CDS contract and its potential to play catch up.

Simon Ballard, Exec. Director & Macro Strategist

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Bahrain: Battered but not broken

Hot topics – 11 June 2018

With Bahrain’s current fiscal situation under the media spotlight recently, we conducted an analysis of the issue and conclude that the economic picture may not be as bad as it appears on the surface.

Chavan Bhogaita, Managing Director & Head of Market Insights & Strategy
Glenn Wepener, Exec. Director & Geopolitical Analyst
Simon Ballard, Exec. Director & Macro Strategist
Rakesh Sahu, Analyst

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The Global Interest Rate Outlook

Macro Strategy & Economic Update - 10 June 2018

What are the implications of a rising rate environment in the U.S. and Europe for GCC markets? In our inaugural video interview series, moderated by Thomson Reuters, Simon Ballard, Executive Director and Macro Strategist in First Abu Dhabi Bank’s Global Markets team discusses the outlook for financial markets and the implications of tighter monetary policy for both issuers and investors in the GCC region. 

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The GCC - Facts & Figures

06 June 2018

In this report FAB’s Market Insights & Strategy team provide a very simple overview of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) from a macro and markets perspective. The report covers an economic snapshot of the region, our outlook on oil, and a summary of the GCC FX and rates market.

Glenn Wepener, Geopolitical Analyst, Market Insights & Strategy, FAB Global Markets
Simon Ballard, Macro Strategist, Market Insights & Strategy, FAB Global Markets
Mohamed Al Shamsi, Analyst, Market Insights & Strategy, FAB Global Markets
Rakesh Sahu, Analyst, Market Insights & Strategy, FAB Global Markets

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Business Breakfast with FABS CEO

INTERVIEW – Dubai Eye – 23 May 2018

Mr. Yasin interview with Dubai Eye explains why property stocks have tumbled this year – and how to spot bargains on the Dubai Financial Market.

Mohammed Ali Yasin , the FABS CEO

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How do we stack up against the others?

FAB vs Peer Banks– 17 May 2018

In this periodic report FAB’s Market Insights & Strategy team analyses how FAB compares versus its main peer banks in the GCC as well as Western and Eastern parts of the world. The report shows how these banks stack up against each other on various factual metrics such as credit ratings, CDS spread, capital adequacy, return on equity, return on assets, etc.

Rakesh Sahu, Analyst, Market Insights & Strategy
Chavan Bhogaita, Head of Market Insights & Strategy

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