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. 

Offshore renminbi clearing centres on the rise

Offshore renminbi clearing centres on the rise

October 1, 2014

With competition for offshore renminbi business heating up, London and Singapore are both establishing themselves as strong competitors to Hong Kong’s lead, as is the US, which has huge potential for development. 

Will CIPS soothe renminbi payment headaches?

October 1, 2014

The Chinese government and the People’s Bank of China are yet to disclose the formal details concerning China’s International Payment Platform, but there is little doubt that the new system will fundamentally change the renminbi clearing market as well as the future of offshore renminbi hubs.

Low volatility numbs FX market

Currency investors eye storm clouds with relish

October 1, 2014

Low volatility in the foreign exchange market shows few signs of abating. That is good news for companies trading across borders, but a headache for banks and investors seeking to profit from currency movements.

China trades up

China raises its trade status

September 1, 2014

Spurred by strong domestic growth, China is repositioning itself on the global trade map, with its exporters moving up the value chain and its share of global exports and imports steadily rising.

China trade

China's journey from 'factory' to 'mega-trader'

September 1, 2014

China's trade relationship with the rest of the world is changing, as it sheds its 'factory' status and becomes a vital trade partner to every global region. James King assesses this journey.

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