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Ian Lancaster

Spreading the sharia success story

November 1, 2013

With sharia-compliant investments outperforming their 'conventional' counterparts, appetite for these products can only be expected to grow. But the industry is still too fragmented, according to Ian Lancaster of Cogent Asset Management, with a lack of cross-border connectivity preventing it from achieving critical mass.

Where does asset management fit in the Islamic finance picture?

November 1, 2013

The growth that has characterised the rise of the Islamic finance industry has thus far evaded the asset management segment of the market, with a dearth of institutions focused on the creation of sharia-compliant investment products. John A Sandwick of Islamic Wealth & Asset Management assesses the situation.

Brownfield investment: the Rabigh power plant (pictured) is one example of a project that was funded entirely by Islamic money

Islamic project financing: a health check

November 1, 2013

Three senior figures from the Islamic finance industry discuss how sharia-compliant project finance has fared in 2013 after a stellar decade, and look at its prospects – with a particular focus on sukuk – for 2014 and beyond.

Top Islamic banks ranking, 2013: Finding quality growth

November 1, 2013

Islamic banks are growing more quickly than their conventional counterparts, but not all of this growth is generating good returns.

The Islamic liquidity management quest

November 1, 2013

While IILM's debut issuance of a $490m sukuk in August was a significant milestone for Islamic finance, it will barely dent the industry’s short-term liquidity management issues, which are hampering growth.

Islamic banks weather the storm

November 1, 2013

While costs have not changed much for the top 25 Islamic standalone banks between 2006 and 2012, returns have dropped significantly. The Banker takes an overview of the key factors determining their operational efficiency.

Slower and steadier: the new stage of Islamic finance

October 18, 2013

The Banker's annual Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking shows that growth has dropped into single digits for the first time since the ranking began. This, combined with the restructuring of sharia-compliant operations at major players such as HSBC, shows an industry that is entering a new phase of maturity; a phase that is, however, still rich with opportunity.

Historic landmark: it was not until 2005 that Islamic banks were incorporated into Turkey’s banking law

Is Turkey set to embrace Islamic finance?

October 1, 2013

Sharia-compliant banks have occupied only a small proportion of Turkey’s banking market to date, but with rising global demand and the government’s focus on Islamic finance, that looks set to change.

Islamic bank of the year awards 2013

Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2013

June 4, 2013

As Islamic banks continue to post impressive figures compared to their conventional counterparts, The Banker launches its inaugural awards aimed at celebrating this financial sector. With a global award, regional winners for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, as well as 13 country prizes, the awards show what an impressive geographical reach Islamic finance has established.

Islamic finance in 2013

Islamic finance in 2013: beyond the growth

March 1, 2013

Year upon year, the Islamic finance industry posts stellar growth figures. However, as large Western lenders withdraw from the sector, is Islamic finance in as healthy a shape as the figures suggest? The Banker asks a number of experts in the field what the future holds for sharia-compliant banking.

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