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Rob Langston

News editor, FE Trustnet

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a financial journalist and have written for a number of trade and consumer titles.

I have held full-time positions at: FE Trustnet, HFM Technology, MENA Fund Manager, HFMWeek, Money Marketing, Fund Strategy/Fundweb.co.uk, What Investment, Investment Adviser, FTAdviser.com, Insurance Insider and Niche Personal Loans.

I have also written for Financial Times and contributed articles to The Times, The Sunday Times, Zawya and Index Trader magazine.

Portfolio

2017

Raconteur
12/04/2017
Forecasting a bright future for emerging market forex - Raconteur

Emerging markets have enjoyed a surge of interest in recent years, offering investors exposure to greater levels of growth. However, despite the strong returns on offer, some remain nervous about the strength of currencies, particularly as the US Federal Reserve adopts a more aggressive rate-hiking regime.

2016

Raconteur
12/06/2016
Why businesses need to invest in intangible assets - Raconteur

Items such as corporate culture, diversity, talent and brand reputation are difficult to value, but may play a key role in a company's success. Investment in such intangibles, therefore, may be difficult for chief financial officers to recommend to the board when there is no obvious return on investment.

Raconteur
11/14/2016
The impact of the pound's plunge on business - Raconteur

Compared with the relative stability of recent years, the past few months have been a challenging time for the British pound. The outcome of the UK's referendum on continued European Union membership has seen confidence in the currency slide as uncertainty has built over the future of the British economy.

Raconteur
Testing times for insurers' portfolios - Raconteur

Low-yield markets have made it difficult for insurers to generate reliable returns from their investment portfolios and increased pressure to ensure they have the right asset management strategy in place

Zawya
08/10/2016
Building on sand? | Zawya

New laws in Abu Dhabi will make property investment in the emirate easier for investors: Is there demand? New laws in Abu Dhabi will make property investment in the emirate easier for investors: Is there demand? Construction is a key sector for the UAE economy.

Raconteur
The effect of Brexit on pension investors - Raconteur

Pensions may not have been at the front of many people's minds when entering the polling booths on June 23, but the Brexit referendum result is likely to have a lasting impact on pension schemes for years to come. The immediate aftermath saw sterling plunge and markets fall, taking a toll on investors' savings.

Zawya
07/01/2016
What now?? | Zawya

A slowdown in British and European growth could weigh on Middle East & African economies

Zawya
07/01/2016
Easing the pressure | Zawya

After emerging as the best performing markets in 2015, Mena Fund Manager looks at the opportunities and challenges for asset managers in the Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine The Levant was the best performing part of the Mena region in 2015.

Zawya
03/01/2016
At the frontier | Zawya

With global markets taking a battering, how have the frontier markets in the region fared?

Zawya
03/01/2016
Dealing with downgrades | Zawya

Home to a growing Islamic banking sector and a healthy asset management community, MenaFM takes a closer look at the latest developments in Bahrain With one of the oldest established mutual fund industries in the region, the Bahraini asset management sector has continued to thrive in recent years.

Zawya
03/01/2016
Tough year | Zawya

While new launches have tapered off, interest in the hedge funds remains constant.

Zawya
02/01/2016
Sukuk it up | Zawya

Sukuk issuance during 2015 had been tipped to reach at least USD100bn but set against a challenging market backdrop.

Zawya
01/01/2016
Market Focus: Qatar | Zawya

Qatar has emerged as one of the region's strongest economies over the past year, as it benefits from a more diversified economy and high infrastructure spending.

2015

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
11/01/2015
Flow away

Research from the Institute of International Finance has shown emerging markets face dwindling inflows as investors move money into safe havens Concerns over the growth of China and the impact on other emerging markets have caused a crisis in confidence among global investors, who have increasingly taken their money elsewhere in search of safety.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
11/01/2015
Cold Turkey?

The Turkish economy has faced a number of headwinds during 2015, Mena Fund Manager looks at the health of the Turkish market and asset management industry. After an impressive 2014, in which it was one of the region's best performers, the Turkish market has struggled this year.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
10/01/2015
In debt

Eyebrows were raised when Saudi Arabia tapped up the debt markets earlier this year, Mena Fund Manager looks at what it means for the market When the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency ( SAMA ) announced it would issue $4bn worth of bonds to domestic banks, it marked the central bank's first return to debt markets for eight years.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
10/01/2015
Market Focus: Oman

With a number of external challenges, Mena Fund Manager looks at some of the main issues facing the Omani economy and asset management sector GCC countries have been unable to escape the impact of lower oil prices over the past year.

2014

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
07/22/2015
Mixed six months

With sukuk issuance likely to be sharply down on 2014, Mena Fund Manager looks at what trends have been emerging during the first half of the year

Raconteur
07/16/2014
Going global can be plain sailing - raconteur.net

Since the onset of the financial crisis, the Coalition Government has made export growth a priority in helping the UK recover from one of the worst economic disasters to hit the economy in living memory.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
07/20/2015
The other North Africa

With attention often focused on the fast growing economies in the rest of the region, Mena Fund Manager looks at the investment environment for Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
06/23/2015
Facing up

By Rob Langston As the Levant continues to face external challenges with the war in Syria ongoing, Mena Fund Manager looks at some of the challenges faced by local asset managers in Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories The Levant has faced a number of challenges in recent years.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
11/24/2014
Oil peaked?

The recent drop off in oil prices poses a threat to many of the region's economic plans, yet it could also signal a buying opportunity for opportunistic investors

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
06/23/2015
Sovereign power

By Rob Langston Swelled by oil revenues the region's sovereign wealth funds remain among the biggest players in the asset management sector despite the recent drop off in oil prices. Mena Fund Manager looks at current trends among the state-owned funds The sovereign wealth fund (SWF) sector has continued to grow in recent years.

Raconteur
11/16/2014
High Frequency Trading has transformed markets - raconteur.net

In a post-crisis investment environment where returns have become more difficult to come by, investors have been forced to look towards alternative ways of generating income. Traditionally associated with hedge funds and specialist firms, high-frequency trading (HFT) has caught the imagination of wider audiences.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
03/10/2015
Beyond comparison

Benchmarking has become even more important for managers more recently, following a year of mixed performance for markets during 2014 and the ongoing effect of weaker oil prices

Raconteur
10/23/2014
Why invest in a social enterprise business? - raconteur.net

Impact investing in social enterprise has taken centre stage in the sustainable and responsible investment arena in recent years. Governments, investors and charities have worked towards establishing a more effective regime to facilitate investment in what has been a huge growth area.

2013

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
05/05/2015
Fresh start

With major efforts by the Egyptian government to kickstart investment in the country, Mena Fund Manager asks whether there is a place for the local asset management industry to take part and how it has fared more recently

Raconteur
11/18/2014
The five most active sectors in M&A - raconteur.net

With financial services playing an important part in the daily lives of the general public, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity often draws a wider audience than just those with a vested interest in the sector. Although the big bank mergers witnessed after the financial crisis are unlikely to be repeated, there is still plenty of activity in the sector.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
03/10/2015
Come together

UAE's asset management industry has continued to grow in recent years, with regulatory developments and a new financial free zone to launch in Abu Dhabi later this year. Mena Fund Manager looks at some of the issues facing managers

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
04/16/2015
Set apart

With a number of countries in the region vying to be the centre of asset management in the Gulf, Mena Fund Manager examines the credentials of Bahrain

Raconteur
10/14/2012
London offshore hub will boost renminbi trading - raconteur.net

Asian markets are continuing to outshine their Western counterparts as the global economic slowdown shows little sign of relenting. Despite indications of a slowing in GDP growth, China is still outpacing developed nations and achieved 7.8 per cent growth during the second quarter of 2012, outstripping anaemic growth in the developed market economies.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
04/16/2015
Hedged in

With allocators complaining of a shortage of high quality Mena hedge fund managers, Rob Langston asks what challenges there are for specialists in the region

2012

Raconteur
03/03/2013
You don't have to go it alone - raconteur.net

Politicians have been keen to emphasise the importance of entrepreneurs and their role in helping the UK economy bounce back, but as a new wave of business people improve the wealth of the country, who will look after their money?

Raconteur
Treasurers hold key to new market success - raconteur.net

Much of the leg work involved in global expansion and international growth is now being done by corporate treasury departments. In its 2015 Global Corporate Treasury Survey, professional services firm Deloitte found that more than 70 per cent of corporate treasurers saw enhanced governance and control over domestic and overseas operations as an important part of their role.

Raconteur
05/07/2013
Boxing clever to manage risks - raconteur.net

The 2008 crisis has prompted governments around the world to tighten regulation not just of banks and financial institutions, but of a wide range of sectors, increasing the compliance burden for all kinds of businesses. There are those who believe that the amount of red tape should be cut.

Raconteur
09/25/2014
Where's the money going in wearable technology - raconteur.net

Apple's launch of its smart watch made it the latest tech giant to enter the wearable technology space. But unlike the California blue-chip technology giant, not everybody has access to billions of dollars in cash reserves. For startups, funding can be difficult to come by with many not knowing where to turn for much-needed capital.

Raconteur
08/23/2012
Bonanza could fuel future - raconteur.net

Venezuela lays claim to the largest proven oil reserves in the world. President Hugo Chavez claimed his country has 297 billion barrels, surpassing the previous long-term world leader Saudi Arabia. After Venezuela, Brazil has the second largest proven oil reserves in Latin America with just under 14 billion barrels.

Raconteur
British bosses must adapt to make profits offshore - raconteur.net

Expansion overseas has become increasingly important for British companies in recent years as low growth and global economic uncertainty weighs heavily on consumer sentiment, and dampens the UK economy's recovery. It has become a political point too, as Chancellor George Osborne has called for greater exports to fast-growing, emerging market economies that have continued to grow.

Raconteur
03/03/2013
Commission ban pushes up bills - raconteur.net

For most, the passing of 2013 will not have had much significance, but for those who use a financial adviser there will have been big changes. The retail distribution review (RDR) came into effect at the turn of the year, after years of preparation, bringing in higher qualification standards for financial advisers and a ban on commission for investment products.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
02/07/2015
The word is bond

Oil prices have continued to drop in 2015, prompting economists to cut their outlooks for the region. With investors looking for safe havens, Mena Fund Manager looks at the issues facing fixed income managers

Fundweb.co.uk
03/02/2012
Naughty or nice?

The ethical and socially responsible investing (SRI) fund space has gathered impetus in recent years with a number of launches.

2011

2010

What Investment
11/01/2010
An African adventure

While the emerging markets story is now well documented, investors may want to consider some additional exposure to Africa

2009

2008

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