Arab World Banking and Finance

from the Financial Times..

May 28, 2013, SPECIAL REPORT

[Ed. note: This is an important 4-page report covering several individual topics. I shall cite each topic and its link.]

Forces must rally in aid of business in the Arab world

Efforts are focused on reviving sources of funding that have sputtered or stalled as a younger generation presses for change. Michael Peel reports.

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6b9b635a-c195-11e2-9767-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Cultural shift on small businesses needed to ease unemployment

Start-ups need more help from the region’s lenders, says Simeon Kerr.

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/85022d16-c2b1-11e2-bbbd-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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SME funding: Risk takers move to fill gap left by play-safe lenders

Simeon Kerr reports on a potentially rewarding arena for entrepreneurs.

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a63d7d68-c195-11e2-9767-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Egypt: Innovators value presence of angel investors

Heba Saleh reports in an initiative that is receiving positive attention from the World Bank.

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/cc8ccd4e-c2b1-11e2-bbbd-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Disclosure need deters initial public offerings

Few families are ready for the required level of transparency, writes Camilla Hall

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/40bb5222-c2b1-11e2-bbbd-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Debt workouts: ‘Reputation’ lending gets a bad name

Big banks have been stung by a plethora of bad calls, writes Camilla Hall

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ee60e97c-c195-11e2-9767-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Jordan leads Middle East in number of tech deals

Friendly policies capitalise on skills, says John Reed

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0b6e98e4-c2b2-11e2-bbbd-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Saudi small business remains reliant on friends and family for funds

Riyadh could do considerably more to make banks extend credit beyond state projects, writes Abeer Allam

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c94ed262-c2b1-11e2-bbbd-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Tunisia: Economic revival depends on banking reconstruction

Borzou Daragahi on a country coming to terms with excesses

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7a8978c4-c196-11e2-9767-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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Guest column: Emotional investments carry highest risk for Saudi family companies

by John Sfakianakis, chief investment strategist of Masic, A Saudi Arabian family investment company that was founded in 1933.

Link to this topic: http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c7574394-c384-11e2-8c30-00144feab7de.html#axzz2UySUWHjZ

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