Saudi Fransi Capital and Winton Group launch systematic trading program for Saudi equities

Updated 15 March 2018

Saudi Fransi Capital and Winton Group launch systematic trading program for Saudi equities

Saudi Fransi Capital and Winton Group have announced their collaboration on the launch of the first systematic trading program for Saudi equities.
The initiative is the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia’s capital markets and the wider region, and brings to bear the multi-decade expertise of Winton Group in applying statistical methods to investing.
Walid Fatani, chief executive of Saudi Fransi Capital, said: “Saudi Fransi Capital is always seeking to introduce new ideas and best-of-breed investment products to the Saudi Arabian capital markets. Big data, scientific techniques, algorithmic trading and similar quantitative methods are now permanent features of investing and global capital markets, but have minimal representation in the region. Our collaboration with Winton Group aims to bring this next generation of investment methods to Saudi Arabia and I am excited to have partnered for such a venture with Winton, a world leading systematic investment firm.”
David Harding, founder and chief executive of Winton Group, said: “We are pleased to be working with Saudi Fransi Capital on this pioneering research collaboration. The growing diversity of the Saudi equity market makes it suitable for the systematic investment strategies upon which Winton’s business is built. As the dynamic and far-reaching Vision 2030 initiative progresses, we hope to make a valuable contribution to the future development of Saudi Arabia’s capital markets.”

Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Updated 20 September 2018

Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Emirates NBD, a banking group in the Middle East, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom with the opening of its first branch in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province. Emirates NBD now covers three key regions in Saudi Arabia with a presence in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar. 

As Saudi Arabia progresses plans for economic reform, in line with its Vision 2030, Emirates NBD’s presence builds on the growing economic and trade ties between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Following the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the UAE and Saudi Arabia recently announced The Strategy of Resolve, a joint vision for economic development through 44 joint strategic projects within a five-year time frame. 

UAE-based Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank with a significant branch network across the Kingdom. The bank offers retail, private, business and wholesale banking across its network of three full-fledged branches in the Kingdom, in addition to corporate finance advisory, project and syndicated finance through Emirates NBD Capital KSA, the bank’s investment banking arm.

Emirates NBD also operates in Egypt, India, Singapore, and the UK with representative offices in China and Indonesia. 

“Our presence in Saudi is integral to Emirates NBD’s growth strategy as we continue to explore opportunities in the GCC region’s largest and most dynamic economy,” said Hesham Abdulla Al-Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD. 

“Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a landmark economic transformation and we look forward to continuing to support Saudi individuals and businesses looking for a trusted banking partner.” 

Emirates NBD recently renewed its partnership with the Kingdom’s Kafalah Program, which aims to promote financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the country.

Loai Abduljawad, CEO of Emirates NBD KSA, said: “Emirates NBD’s expanded network strengthens our offering to individuals and corporates in Saudi Arabia looking to invest and trade across the MENA region and beyond. Our superior value proposition, built on the bank’s unique ‘high tech + high touch’ philosophy of offering customers a modern banking experience complemented by personalized advisory services, will enable us to strengthen customer acquisition in the Kingdom as we continue to support the country’s long-term growth and development goals, as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.” 

Emirates NBD is a leading banking group in the region. As of June 30, 2018, its total assets were 477.5 billion dirhams, ($130 billion). The group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 percent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the “Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year” at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.