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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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GCC and Egypt Macro Weekly:
Sticky Price Pressures

16 September 2022

Our weekly analysis offering a strategic outlook for the coming week, along with key macro themes and trends impacting the GCC & Egypt region. The report also includes a recap on the past week, as well as a summary of the key data releases and macro events in the week ahead; along with macro chart packs covering the MENA & Global Markets.

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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The GCC - Facts & Figures 2022

25 August 2022

In this report FAB’s Market Insights & Strategy team provide a snapshot of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) from a macro-economic perspective, our current outlook for the oil market, and a summary of FAB’s MENA FX and rates capabilities.

Mohamed Ali AlShamsi, Analyst

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Macro Strategy ECB rates

FAB Macro Strategy:
Surprise, surprise! - Our takeaway analysis of ECB rates liftoff

22 July 2022

In what was a surprisingly hawkish move late yesterday, the European Central Bank executed its ‘lift off’ strategy with a larger-than-anticipated 50bp interest rate increase. More tightening may follow in the coming months as the monetary window narrows. As always, the devil was in the detail though and on this occasion the devil disappointed, in terms of the new crisis management tool – the Transmission Protection Instrument.

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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GCC Fixed Income Market

GCC Fixed Income Chart Book – 1H 2022 Review

06 July 2022

Our latest quarterly edition, in which we reviewed the key primary and secondary market developments of 1H 2022. The period witnessed record volatility and negative return for risk assets globally. The report provides a quick snapshot of market performance, relative value analysis, new issuance trend, overall size and composition of the GCC fixed income market etc.

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

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Higher oil prices

The Oil Market: Headwinds & Tailwinds

21 June 2022

Despite the recent large-scale sell-off across most risk assets and a strong US dollar, oil prices remain entrenched above US$100 a barrel for now, driven by supply constraints and geopolitics, but headwinds are beginning to build. In this update, we discuss the current state of the crude market and highlight the issues to keep an eye on during the second half of 2022.

Glenn Wepener, Senior Strategist, Middle East & Africa

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GCC Macro Update:
A global sweet spot?

08 June 2022

As the global economy faces up to the challenges of historically high levels of inflation on the one hand and the economic consequences of central banks’ monetary tightening response on the other, the GCC region with its solid sovereign credit fundamentals, buoyed by the recent strength in the oil price, continues to offer investors a relative haven. Please read on…

Simon Ballard, Chief Economist

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The Middle East & Africa Monitor

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

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Macro Strategy and Economic Updates

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

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Daily Morning News

Catch up on key news items before starting the day.

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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.

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GCC and Egypt (GCC&E) Macro Weekly

Weekly analysis that offers key macro themes and trends impacting the GCC and Egypt region.


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