Latest articles from Islamic Finance

Malaysia leads the way for Islamic finance

November 3, 2014

While the growth in Islamic finance slowed down in 2013 for some smaller, less-developed markets, others such as Malaysia and the Gulf countries, saw strong results.

Islamic banks and SMEs: a golden opportunity

November 1, 2014

Though the recent story of Islamic finance is largely a successful one, the sector's relative lack of maturity means that some shortfalls do exist. One of these – the supply-demand mismatch regarding small and medium-sized enterprises – has left a potentially lucrative hole to fill. 

Wasim Akhtar Saifi

Standard Chartered Saadiq welcomes Islamic internationalisation

September 1, 2014

The increasingly international outlook of the Islamic finance market place is providing new growth opportunities for Islamic banks and, according to Standard Chartered Saadiq, Malaysia's chief executive, Wasim Akhtar Saifi, is also offering much-needed solutions to the industry's longer term liquidity management problems. 

A global Islamic asset management boom

A global Islamic asset management boom

August 1, 2014

Islamic finance asset management is booming globally, with countries in south-east Asia and the Gulf spearheading growth, thanks in part to improved investor confidence, regulations and infrastructure. 

Morocco inches towards Islamic finance

Morocco inches towards Islamic finance

July 1, 2014

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.

The global spread of sukuk

The global spread of sukuk

July 1, 2014

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.

Gatehouse Bank

Gatehouse banks on UK's Islamic potential

June 2, 2014

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.

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani

CIMB Islamic chief predicts a good year for sukuk

June 2, 2014

Observers are already predicting that 2014 will be a record-breaking year for sukuk issuance. While the majority of deals are currently coming out of Malaysia, CIMB Islamic's CEO believes that developments in the pipeline will see the asset class grow its international presence.

Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

June 2, 2014

As the Qatari economy has contracted in recent years, the country's banks have developed their own niches in order to remain profitable in what has become an increasingly competitive market.

Islamic bank of year awards

Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2014

June 2, 2014

As Islamic finance continues to grow and the market matures, the products and services it provides continue to innovate and impress. The Banker rewards the best of these in its Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2014.

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