Kuwait Stock Exchange looks to claw back ground

Kuwait Stock Exchange looks to claw back ground

April 1, 2015

The dual blow of declining oil prices and increasing instability in neighbouring Iraq hit the Kuwait Stock Exchange hard in 2014. But hopes are high that it will rally in 2015, after a modest rise in the weighted index in January. 

Mozambique stands on the brink of better times

Mozambique stands on the brink of better times

March 2, 2015

Mozambique's banking market is on the verge of a significant shake up, with new challengers entering the market and the country on the brink of a natural gas boom. 

Multiple regulation challenges lie ahead in 2015

January 5, 2015

Banks face a continued onslaught of regulation in 2015 as politicians fine-tune forthcoming legislation to toughen up the banking system.

Facing up to regulatory fragmentation

Facing up to regulatory fragmentation

January 5, 2015

Differences in the content and timing of rules on resolution planning, structural reforms and derivatives threaten to unravel cross-border banking models.

Breaking bad banking

Breaking bad banking and the rise of conduct risk

January 5, 2015

Conduct risk – the risk of staff acting unprofessionally, unethically or illegally – has become a major concern for supervisors and banks, as Michael Imeson reports.

Building the next generation of banks in the UK

Building the next generation of banks in the UK

January 5, 2015

The UK banking industry is opening itself up to new entrants in the hope that this will stimulate greater competition in the market. The early signs are that innovative new players could be doing exactly that.

US asset-backed securities rules reassure issuers, but not investors

November 3, 2014

The US Securities and Exchange Commission altered new rules for asset-backed securities to ease privacy concerns, but investors want more disclosure.

Bursa Malaysia's Islamic innovation drive

November 3, 2014

Bursa Malaysia is the leading global centre for Islamic capital markets. Its chief executive tells James King that the exchange is still looking to innovate, with expanding the borders of Islamic finance a key priority.

Has Islamic banking finally cracked Pakistan?

November 3, 2014

After a false start, Islamic banking has become the fastest growing segment of the Pakistani banking industry, with the full support of the government. Apart from the ever-present challenge of liquidity management, most local Islamic bankers agree that their most important task now is to build awareness in the country.

Sukuk sheds its niche status

November 3, 2014

The growth of 'hard' currency sukuk issuance is pushing the market to the next level, as new issuers and new investors flock to the sharia-compliant finance space to capitalise on the growth prospects of emerging economies in the Gulf and Asia. 

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