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Financial Health: Risers and fallers

January 5, 2009

The financial crisis has rocked the globe and fundamentally changed the way we assess what makes a country successful.The Banker’s latest rankings, which focus on low leverage, reveal some surprising results. Charles Piggott reports

On the flip side

December 1, 2008

While the the world’s major financial centres are in disarray, smaller European markets are reaping the benefits. Writer Charles Piggott.

Nigeria Gains on South Africa Rankings

December 1, 2008

Nigerian banks are continuing to make headway, but for the time being South Africa remains dominant. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Arab banks prosper from wary approach

November 3, 2008

Despite the volatility of the oil markets, it looks likely that Arab banks’ conservative strategies will insulate them from the worst effects of the global downturn. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Brazilian banks dominate Latin listings

November 3, 2008

In terms of aggregates, the key Latin American banks have grown significantly this year and Brazil is remaining at the forefront with impressive pre-tax profits. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Pakistan’s habib bank shows best return on assets

November 3, 2008

How profitable are Islamic financial institutions? Will they become more profitable? And what role will Islamic institutions have in the future?

Malaysia and kuwait prove rich source of newcomers

November 3, 2008

This new industry is spurring many entrants as huge liquidity in the Gulf is fuelling new ventures and creating a diverse range of opportunities both within and outside the region.

Bahrain emerges as islamic investment banking hub

November 3, 2008

Islamic finance is broad based and in the Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions listing, The Banker wanted to identify and rank key sectors within the industry that are generally excluded from its Top 1000 World Banks ­listing.

UBL Ameen and Bank Keshavarzi lead sharia growth lists

November 3, 2008

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

Iran dominates sharia ranking as newcomers make their mark

November 3, 2008

The latest Top 25 country ranking of the 2008 Top 500 Islamic financial institutions listing demonstrates not only robust growth among the major countries but also the key development of Islamic finance in a number of relatively new markets, such as Indonesia, Qatar and the UK.

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