Keeping trade finance flowing: Turning the wheels of Trade

July 7, 2009

If efforts to avert a deepening global recession are to succeed, support for global trade is vital, but banks that have avoided the consequences of the subprime crisis cannot carry the trade finance burden alone. Ashutosh Kumar, global head of trade product management at Standard Chartered Bank, outlines ways in which these banks can make further capacity available.

CSFI REPORT: BANKING BANANA SKINS

June 2, 2008

CSFI report identifies the biggest risks facing banks; Deloitte report looks at the cost of financial services regulation.

IIF INTERIM REPORT: MARKET BEST PRACTICES and STANDARD & POOR’S: SMALL EUROPEAN SOVEREIGNS

May 5, 2008

IIF interim report reviews market best practices, while Standard & Poor’s report looks at small European sovereigns.

BUSINESS MONITOR INTERNATIONAL REPORT: CHINA – WHAT IF WE ARE ALL WRONG?

March 4, 2008

BMI assesses the ramifications if China’s growth slows, and Deutsche Bank identifies a funding gap in microfinance.

REPORTS

January 2, 2008

Oliver Wyman highlights opportunities created by climate change while Celent assesses Chinese and Indian ATM markets.

IIF REPORT: CAPITAL FLOWS TO EMERGING MARKET ECONOMIES

December 1, 2007

IIF predicts record investment in emerging markets, while Standard Chartered warns over clashes with sovereign funds.

New generation must set sights on profit and returns

November 5, 2007

How profitable are Islamic financial institutions? With Islamic instruments and different reporting standards in some cases, direct comparisons with traditional western interest-bearing instruments have often been difficult to make.

Investment banks and insurance firms in the net

November 5, 2007

Islamic finance covers many areas and in this exercise The Banker did not want to exclude any Islamic financial institution. Clear definitions of what constitutes a non-bank institution need to be improved but we wanted to include not only investment banking operations and Islamic investment companies, as distinct from banks, but also Islamic insurance operations.

Compliance levels grow at astounding rates

November 5, 2007

The Top 15 countries in the world by sharia-compliant assets (SCAs) are determined not only by the size of each country’s financial sector but also the degree to which it is sharia compliant.

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