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A financial oasis in a credit desert

November 3, 2008

In sharia financing, the concept of risk sharing replaces the traditional western model of debt-based finance, offering a potential way of reducing world credit problems in the future. By Joseph DiVanna.

Invention, innovation and implementation

November 3, 2008

Islamic finance is gaining ground as a viable alternative source of finance to Muslim and non-Muslim businesses and consumers, with innovation at the heart of this growing trend. By Joseph DiVanna.

Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions

November 3, 2008

As the banking industry descends into ever-deeper gloom, the more ethical, risk-sharing approach offered by the Islamic finance industry is attracting an increasing amount of attention. The Banker’s Top 500 Islamic Financial Institutions ranking lists the sector’s key players.
By Stephen Timewell & Joseph DiVanna

Asia banks increase global role

October 5, 2008

Asian banks have avoided the worst of the credit crunch and shown steady economic growth. China is predictably the big winner, accounting for 41 of the Top 200 and dwarfing India’s aggregate sum. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Success sullied by risk of exposure

October 5, 2008

Total assets among Russia’s banks have posted robust growth in excess of 50% and there have been some structural improvements, but banks remain vulnerable to sudden changes in the health of the national economy and are looking decidedly over concentrated. Writer Stephen Timewell.

Beyond the beaches...

August 31, 2008

As Asia-Pacific’s fourth most-prominent financial services centre, with plans to open an international financial precinct on its foreshore, Sydney is going from strength to strength. By Morris Iemma.

Access to Europe

August 31, 2008

The Netherlands offers one of the world’s most well-connected and business-friendly environments. By Akkie Lansberg.

Adding to capacity, Raising standards

August 31, 2008

Qatar is emerging as one of the Middle East’s most dynamic economies, with a clear vision for its future and the means and determination to achieve it. By Steve Martin.

Latin America’s leader

August 31, 2008

The government’s commitment to reform Chile and improve its economic and physical infrastructure has paid off by putting the country on a par with the world’s leading nations, says Chile’s vice-minister of finance. By María Olivia Recart.

Seoul carves niche as world-class financial centre

August 31, 2008

The South Korean and Seoul metropolitan governments are working hard to ensure Seoul’s position as a global financial centre in north-east Asia, writes the director-general of Seoul’s Finance and Investment Bureau. By Paik Yoonbeom.

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