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Morocco inches towards Islamic finance

Morocco inches towards Islamic finance

Morocco is on the cusp of a legislative breakthrough that will pave the way for a fully fledged Islamic finance system in the country. But with a history of failed Islamic banking experiments, on top of the usual problems associated with establishing a new market in a country, Morocco's Islamic banking sector is unlikely to take an instant hold.

Jersey bond underscores financial centre status

Jersey bond underscores financial centre status

Jersey issued the first bond in its 800-year history to finance a renewal of its housing stock, and seized the opportunity to tell the crown dependency's story.

New environment forces change in the world of structured products

Low volatility and low yields are making life tricky for structured product providers. But by broadening their range of products and by doing more to tap upcoming markets, such as Asia, they have been able to ensure they get plenty of business. 

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

Investors face fresh interest rate challenge

Since interest rates dropped to record lows in both the US and UK, investors have been anticipating their rebound and picking their investments accordingly.

The global spread of sukuk

The global spread of sukuk

With the UK, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and South Africa all preparing to issue, the popularity of sukuk is going global. And though each is likely to be limited in size, they will bring with them greater international awareness of sharia-compliant financing options.

From Markets / Deals

Citi makes connections for Bangladesh corporate debut

Banglalink was able to issue Bangladesh's first ever international bond under the stewardship of Citi, thanks to its great growth potential and the backing of foreign ownership.

Banks adapt to the new world of structured finance

New regulations are having a profound impact on structured finance and securitisation markets. But the bigger banks are mostly coping, with some even exploiting the situation to build their investor-advisory services.

Index-based structured products on the rise

Index-based structured products have grown in popularity since the financial crisis, as investors have sought flexible and bespoke ways to gain exposure to certain assets. And while the threat of tougher regulation looms, bankers are confident it will not slow down the market. 

Gatehouse Bank

Gatehouse banks on UK's Islamic potential

Islamic finance has not had a sizable impact on the UK banking industry, but sharia-compliant asset manager Gatehouse Bank believes that it has carved a small but important niche in the market.

Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect

Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect: a mutually beneficial arrangement

The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect will foster stock trading and capital flows between Hong Kong and mainland China, with numerous potential benefits for both sides. But competitors in the Asia-Pacific region are concerned it might eat into their market share. 

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