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Market Insights & Strategy

FAB’s Market Insights & Strategy team is based within the bank’s Global Markets business and as such provides finger-on-the-pulse insights and views on macroeconomic and geopolitical developments as well as Rates, FX, Oil, and Fixed Income, among other areas.

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The GCC - Facts & Figures 2021

16 September 2021

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

Mohamed Ali AlShamsi, Analyst
Rakesh Sahu, Analyst

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FAB Insights: Angola - 'Rich & Poor'

08 September 2021

As the next general election in Angola approaches, we take a fresh look at the current state of the nation and whether any progress has been made in recent years to diversify the economy away from its decades long and heavy reliance on crude oil.

Glenn Wepener, Senior Strategist, Middle East & Africa

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Enhancing the UAE diversification story - ‘Projects of the 50’

07 September 2021

The positive macroeconomic diversification story of the United Arab Emirates moved to a new chapter this week as the government announced on September 5 its latest strategy to stimulate the domestic economy.

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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FAB vs Peer Banks:
How do we stack up?

04 August 2021

Our periodic analysis of how FAB stacks up against its peer banks around the world. This document is factual and very easy to digest – being largely chart based.

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

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Virus Concerns Trouble G-20
Finance Chiefs

11 July 2021

Our Chief Economist, Simon Ballard, discusses the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on asset allocation strategies. He speaks with Yousef Gamal El-Din and Manus Cranny on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East."

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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FAB Macro Strategy:
Taking stock from the halfway line

08 July 2021

Back in Q4 2020 the global macro outlook for 2021 was generally founded on cautious optimism. Rates were anchored, the fiscal policy sluice gates were wide open, particularly so in the wake of President Biden’s election and the Covid-19 vaccination drive was well underway. Since then, financial markets have largely continued to price in a brightening horizon, notwithstanding a few road bumps and obstacles to risk asset sentiment along the way.

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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Hot Topics

Our Global Markets team's analysis on the big stories of the moment across the region.

middle east and africa

The Middle East & Africa Monitor

Our popular thrice-weekly geo-political and market related commentary of the MENA and Sub-Sahara regions.

macro strategy and economic updates

Macro Strategy and Economic Updates

Reports on a range of macroeconomic subjects with a particular focus on MENA and the region.

daily morning news

Daily Morning News

Catch up on key news items before starting the day.

daily market chatter

Daily Market Chatter

Daily views on key market movements, activity and sentiments directly from the traders in our Global Markets team. An on-the-pulse document that covers areas such as FX, rates, fixed income, derivatives, etc.

GCC Fixed Income Market

GCC Fixed Income

A quarterly review of GCC bond and sukuk markets.

emerging markets

G10 and EM Rates and Currencies

Weekly views directly from the specialist traders in FAB’s Global Markets team.


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Global Markets client events and conferences

Global Market

Global Markets

Our Global Markets team leverages the strength of our intellectual capital and technology to offer best-in-class products across an integrated, global cross-asset platform.


Meet the authors

Meet the Global Market Experts responsible for keeping you up to date on what’s happening in the market locally and internationally.

Global Corporate Finance

Global Financial Markets Forum

The Global Financial Markets Forum is one of the most prominent annual financial markets events in the MENA region. This prestigious gathering brings together topical and relevant content, world-class speakers as well as panel discussions and focused breakout sessions, along with unparalleled networking opportunities.

FAB VS Other Banks - Peer Comparison

FAB Vs Other Banks - Peer Comparison

Periodic analysis of how FAB compares to other banks around the world based on various factual parameters


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