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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 UAE’s Clean Energy Drive

23 January 2023

The UAE has been a pioneer in planning and implementing a clean energy program within the hydrocarbons industry, a journey that began over 16 years ago. In this piece, we look at the UAE’s various achievements in this area so far and its long-term plans to achieve net zero.

Glenn Wepener, Chief Strategist

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GCC Fixed Income Market

GCC & Egypt Fixed Income Chart Book – FY 2022 Review

10 January 2023

In this quarterly edition we reviewed the key primary and secondary market developments during FY 2022 and our outlook for FY 2023. The report provides a quick snapshot of market performance, relative value analysis, new issuance trend, overall size and composition of the GCC&E fixed income market etc.

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

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GCC and Egypt Macro Weekly:
It’s all relative

25 November 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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Key Risks In 2023

24 November 2022

In our previous ‘Key Risks’ outlook, which was published back in January this year, we listed food prices as one of the major issues to watch in 2022, as well as cybersecurity, Ukraine and US/China relations. All four remain a major concern and thus make a return in our ‘watch’ list for 2023 attached, albeit from a more nuanced standpoint.

Glenn Wepener, Chief Strategist

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US Midterm Elections 2022:
'It’s the economy stupid’

03 November 2022

The US midterm elections are now less than one week away and although they do not involve the Presidency directly, they will have an effect on the direction of the country as well as influencing the playing field for the 2024 general election. Historically the party of the incumbent in the White House usually loses seats to the opposition in Congress at this halfway point of their term, but will this trend repeat itself in 2022? In this piece we take a look at the current polling statistics and discuss the potential outcome.

Glenn Wepener, Senior Strategist, Middle East & Africa

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The Oil Market – Q4 Update:
'Clouds on the Horizon'

20 October 2022

As we head through the final quarter of this year, the crude market remains bullish with a range of structurally supportive factors. The outlook for 2023 however, is somewhat more cloudy with building economic and geopolitical uncertainties. In this note, we analyse the current state of the oil market and highlight key issues to watch in the months to come.

Glenn Wepener, Senior Strategist, Middle East & Africa

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The Middle East & African 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.

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GCC & Egypt (GCC&E) 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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