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Middle East Institutional Investors Should Understand This is Not a Cyclical Crisis - Interview with: Albena Georgieva - Middle East Investments Summit



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An interview with: Albena Georgieva, Executive Producer of the marcus evans Middle East Investments Summit 2011, shares her views on key investment trends for 2012 and looks behind the curtain of the region’s most respected event for local institutional investors.

Join the 2014 Middle East Investments Summit along with leading regional investors in an intimate environment for a highly focused discussion on the latest investment strategies in the market.

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  • Middle East Institutional Investors Should Understand This is Not a Cyclical Crisis liquidity view and ensure effective use For a big part of the audience at the of leverage. marcus evans Middle East Investments Summit, real value can Not far behind in importance is be found in investing for the 80 per systemic risk. If general distress in cent economy, focusing on job creation MENA capital markets is paired with and the daily well-being of ordinary the potential externalities of financial people during times of turmoil. institutions, a disruption in the real economy would be unavoidable. It is Social development, transportation and therefore paramount for Gulf healthcare in the MENA region were economies to gauge the impact of large highlighted as main themes for 2012, defaults, as well as monitor but governance transparency fundamentals and fund flows to remains an issue, as manyAlbena Georgieva, Executive determine systemic hot spots. management boards usually do notProducer of the marcus evans change for years. With the privateMiddle East Investments Summit Risk management would remain high se ct o r la rg e ly u n de r d e v e lo pe d,2011, shares her views on key on the agenda of Middle East domestic demographic demand is keyinvestment trends for 2012 and institutional investors, it was to capital growth for Middle Eastlooks behind the curtain of the highlighted in summit discussions. It is investors. Market players should aim toregion’s most respected event for imperative to limit downside risk by add value and stay away from sectorslocal institutional investors. using various floors. Diversification is with extra supply – the broker’s no longer a free lunch for all – it gives business model is bust. no benefit in the short term, as shownAs the Arab Spring enters its second in recent studies of correlation. While a majority of the audience at theyear, Middle East equity markets are summit was oriented towards long-down substantially. Adding to the One solution suggested at the marcus te r m i nv esti n g , o ppo rt u n ist icpressures on the region are declining evans Middle East Investments behaviour seems to be catching oncommodity prices and the contagion Summit is to invest conservatively for according to part of the speaker panel.effects of the eurozone crisis. What short periods of time. According to Fear for inflation is irrational, somewould 2012 hold for Middle East another speaker, the current reality is economists said, because there are noinstitutional investors? one of passive aggressive investing. real pressures for inflation at the Investors tend to hold cash and invest moment. However, chronic sources ofThe fifth annual marcus evans small amounts in very risky assets. If volatility are still driving up gold prices,Middle East Investments Summit Middle East investors can reverse this even though its production cost does2011, which took place on 23 - 24 mindset, they would be able to take not justify its current value. If MiddleNovember 2011 in Dubai, UAE, advantage of other people’s loss East institutional investors would likeprovided a closed-door platform for aversion. According to a behavioural to flourish in 2012, they should find aover 80 carefully selected Middle East finance expert who presented at the way to take less risk and get similarfamily offices, insurance companies summit, people hate losing twice more returns. Suggestions on how to achieveand private banks. Participants had an than they like winning. MENA this delicate balance included emergingopportunity to discuss asset allocation institutional investors should therefore market bonds, investing in education,trends for 2012, as well as update aim for slow and steady returns. and even distressed secondary privatethemselves on the latest in risk equity, if there was better feemanagement and Islamic finance. Short-sightedness is a cause of risk, transparency. most attendees agreed, because itUnderstanding that the world is not creates illusory wealth. Islamic finance B. C. Forbes once said: “It is only thegoing through a cyclical crisis is promises to remove “imaginary” farmer who faithfully plants seeds inthe most crucial piece of knowledge products by relying on the two pillars of the spring, who reaps a harvest in theMiddle East investors would need realism and ethicality. Islamic finance autumn.” Middle East investors shouldto survive the turmoil, agreed can without doubt bring diversification to use the difficult transition of the Arabsummit attendees. There is very little Middle East institutional portfolios, but it Spring and global economic uncertaintyidiosyncratic risk left in global must deliver to value chain expectations. to plant those seeds in 2012 that wouldmarkets, and with a prevalence of While Sharia’a investing can easily bring them prosperity in the years tosystematic risk, MENA institutional complement conventional finance, come.investors must assess the size of their Islamic finance experts must work torisk positions, acquire an accurate resolve the form and substance issue.
  • About the marcus evans Middle East Investments Summit The Investment Network – marcus evans Summits group 2011 delivers peer-to-peer information on strategic matters, professional This unique forum will take place at the Park Hyatt Dubai, UAE, 23 - 24 November trends and breakthrough 2011. Internationally acclaimed as the leading event for Middle East institutional innovations. investors, the Summit offers much more than any conference, seminar or trade show. This exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed institutional investing experts and market leading solution providers for a highly focused and interactive networking event. The Summit includes presentations on seizing attractive investment opportunities, gearing up for new regulatory regimes, and securing portfolio performance. www.mei-summit.com Please note that the Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited. Contact Sarin Kouyoumdjian-Gurunlian, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division Tel: + 357 22 849 313 Email: press@marcusevanscy.com For more information please send an email to info@marcusevanscy.com All rights reserved. The above content may be republished or reproduced. Kindly inform us by sending an email to press@marcusevanscy.comAbout marcus evans Summitsmarcus evans Summits are high level business forums for the world’s leading decision-makers to meet, learn and discussstrategies and solutions. Held at exclusive locations around the world, these events provide attendees with a unique opportunity toindividually tailor their schedules of keynote presentations, think tanks, seminars and one-to-one business meetings.For more information, please visit: www.marcusevans.comUpcoming EventsAPAC Investments Summit - www.apacinvestmentssummit.comElite Summit - www.elitesummit.comPrivate Wealth Management Summit - www.privatewealthsummit.comUK Pensions & Investments Summit - www.ukpensions-summit.comUS Pensions Summit - www.uspensions-summit.comTo view the web version of this interview, please click here: www.mei-summit.com/AGPostEventPressRelease