Hussain Al Qemzi

Noor CEO heralds an age of harmonisation

November 3, 2014

Hussain Al Qemzi, CEO of Noor Bank, discusses the long-term prospects for the Islamic banking sector, describing the valuable role it can play in promoting greater cross-border co-operation and operational harmonisation. 

Islamic banks take on Basel III

November 3, 2014

Four leading representatives discuss the impact of Basel III on the Islamic banking industry, what benefits the regulations will bring and why Islamic banks are well positioned to meet the requirements. 

Onwards and outwards: the Islamic industry's appeal continues to spread

November 3, 2014

The past year has seen a number of firsts in the Islamic finance industry, including the first sovereign sukuk from the West. This represents a huge step forward for an industry previously considered niche. Islamic players now must consolidate on these gains by broadening their product offerings, expanding their customer bases and targeting new levels of interoperability with global markets.

Investors flock to hybrid securities

Investors flock to hybrid securities

November 3, 2014

Investors hungry for higher yields have embraced hybrid securities, with hybrid issuance for both corporate and financial instruments increasing sharply in the past two years, despite the risks. 

Promising new patterns in debt markets

November 3, 2014

With activity nearly back to pre-crisis levels and promising new trends emerging in the corporate bond market, it had been a strong year for the debt capital markets, until a couple of days of de-risking in mid-October threatened to rock the boat again.

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. 

FX prime brokerage reinvents itself

October 1, 2014

With the larger foreign exchange prime brokerage houses restructuring and new entrants offering new types of services, Frances Faulds asks whether regulatory changes have contributed to the demise of the industry or simply to its reinvention.

The offshore renminbi bond market's road to sophistication

October 1, 2014

Despite the plunge in the value of the renminbi earlier this year and growing concerns over China's long-term growth, the offshore renminbi bond market shows no signs of slowing down. Issuance volumes continue increasing annually, but most importantly the market is becoming more sophisticated.

Renminbi goes global

Renminbi internationalisation: the next phase

October 1, 2014

Despite some volatility the currency’s internationalisation continues apace, with trading links, a free-trade zone and the introduction of a payments superhighway all facilitating its usage. 

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