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Islamic Financial Instruments for Financing Asia’s Infrastructure

Islamic Financial Instruments for Financing Asia’s Infrastructure

Islamic financial instruments also offer an attractive source of financing for regional infrastructure projects. »

No OIC country in Top 15 of Global Competitiveness Index 2017

No OIC country in Top 15 of Global Competitiveness Index 2017

In the annual Global Competitiveness Report produced by the World Economic Forum, no Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) country made it into the top 15 with previously ranked Qatar dropping from ranking 14 to 18. »

SME Demand and Demographics Will Drive Industry Growth in Africa

SME Demand and Demographics Will Drive Industry Growth in Africa

Increasing the Potential of Islamic Finance in Africa CNBC Africa discussed the growth potential of Islamic Finance in Africa. Samira Mensah, Associate Director for Financial Institutions Ratings at Standard and Poor’s and Ameen Hassen, Head of Shari’ah Banking at Standard Bank participated in a discussion which highlighted the growth space for Islamic finance in Africa. Demand within ... »

Malaysia at Cross Roads

Malaysia at Cross Roads

Malaysian Islamic Finance at Cross Roads Following its recent Sukuk default, the IMDB corruption scandals continues to cast a dark shadow over the Malaysian financial sector with this week the United States moving to seize more than $1bn in assets, ranging from plush properties to a private jet, from people connected to Prime Minister Najib Razak. Against this backdrop, Islamic finance activity in... »

New Report Highlights Luxembourg’s Credentials as Industry Gateway

New Report Highlights Luxembourg’s Credentials as Industry Gateway

Luxembourg: The Gateway for Islamic finance and the Middle East Luxembourg is the leading non-Muslim domicile for Sharia complaint investment funds, a popular location for listing Sukuk on the primary market and the domicile of choice for the international investment structures of a number of sovereign wealth funds according to a report released by Ernst and Young’s Luxembourg office highlighting ... »

Bank Negara Malaysia Launches E-market Platform

Bank Negara Malaysia Launches E-market Platform

Bank Negara Malaysia today launched MarketplaceIF, a e-market platform where those seeking Islamic finance financial solutions and services are able to meet providers. »

How to Build the Industry’s Global Centre

How to Build the Industry’s Global Centre

The prize remains up for grabs with none of the current hubs in the Middle East and South East Asia able to achieve the critical mass to move from a domestic to regional centre, and then upwards into a global Islamic finance centre. »

Sukuk Issuances Expected to Pick Up in 2017 to Meet Financing Needs

Sukuk Issuances Expected to Pick Up in 2017 to Meet Financing Needs

Sovereigns, Banks and Corporates in the Gulf will Boost Sukuk Sales in 2017 Sukuk issuances are expected to be flat at around $70 billion for 2016, but are expected to pick up in 2017 as issuers ranging from sovereigns, banks and corporates in the Gulf look to issue to meet their financing needs. $40bn of sukuk was issued in the first half of the year with the marketing slowing in the summer and t... »

Growth in Takaful Sector Slows

Growth in Takaful Sector Slows

Earnings of Islamic Insurers to Remain Weak Two recent reports from rating agencies highlighted the challenges facing the Takaful industry. S&P said in a report looking at the GCC region, earnings of Islamic insurers will remain relatively weak and unevenly distributed as their small size, short track records, and retail focus work against them. Most takaful players in the region are still rel... »

Sukuk Index Inclusion Leads to Increased Client Queries

Sukuk Index Inclusion Leads to Increased Client Queries

Aberdeen Islamic – More Client Queries The decision by JPMorgan to include Sukuk in its indexes will draw more global investors to the Sukuk market and boost trading of the financial instrument. Barclays made a similar decision last year in a move which at the time was stated would boost international demand by attracting more non-Islamic investors to Malaysian sukuk. Barclays Global Aggrega... »

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