Latest articles from James King

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. 

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. 

Credit scoring for the social media generation

Credit scoring for the social media generation

October 1, 2014

Frustrated with the limitations of traditional credit scoring methods, innovative start-ups are finding new ways to analyse borrower risks using social media and other online data.

Top 100 Arab banks, 2014

Top 100 Arab banks, 2014: a stand-out year

October 1, 2014

Banks across the Arab world are prospering, according to The Banker’s Top 100 Arab banks ranking, thanks to the health of the financial sector despite ongoing political and security risks in some areas.

Karnit Flug

Israel CBG: Interest rate cuts target weak economy

October 1, 2014

A year into Karnit Flug’s tenure as governor of the Bank of Israel, James King looks at the impact of her stewardship on the broader economy.

Israeli banks seek hi-tech growth

Israel's banks gear up for their next phase of growth

October 1, 2014

A difficult macroeconomic environment has hardly dented the performance of Israeli banks, which are pushing ahead with new plans for longer term growth by honing their strategies in sectors including hi-tech and energy.

Morocco offers oasis of calm in north Africa

Morocco offers oasis of calm in north Africa

September 1, 2014

With many north African countries in political and economic turmoil, Morocco’s stability and strong growth are proving attractive for Gulf-based investors looking to access the north African market.

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.

Wasim Akhtar Saifi

Standard Chartered Saadiq welcomes Islamic internationalisation

September 1, 2014

The increasingly international outlook of the Islamic finance market place is providing new growth opportunities for Islamic banks and, according to Standard Chartered Saadiq, Malaysia's chief executive, Wasim Akhtar Saifi, is also offering much-needed solutions to the industry's longer term liquidity management problems. 

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