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A vogue for sharia compliance

May 7, 2007

Sharia-compliant investing and structured products are two of the largest and highest margin growth areas for investment banks. Both are born out of specialist structuring teams, rich with fiscal and regulatory experts, so it is almost inevitable that compliant structured products are fast becoming voguish. Natasha de Terán explores the market.

Bespoke solutions

May 7, 2007

Structured products are a result of investors becoming moresophisticated and demanding. Now banks are happy to tailor investments to meet a client’s every wish. Joanne Hart reports.

Posties buckle under weighty HSBC tome

May 7, 2007

Information is essential to the finance business – but sometimes it can weigh heavy. The UK’s Post Office was so worried about the weight of HSBC’s annual report that it limited the number that an individual postman could carry, to avoid back injuries.

‘Fair’ penalties could threaten free banking

April 2, 2007

If British banks are forced to cut the penalties they charge on current accounts, there is a danger that they will make up the shortfall elsewhere, writes Michael Imeson.

Keys to the kingdom

April 2, 2007

Saudi Arabia seems to be entering a new golden age, with barriers to the financial sector being lowered and project finance booming. Stephen Timewell reports from Riyadh and Jeddah.

Squabble over pension fees and net returns

April 2, 2007

Trouble is brewing for the Mexican government as it attempts to overhaul the country’s pension fund system. Theresa Braine reports from Mexico City.

Eyes on the retail prize

April 2, 2007

With the retail market key, Malaysian banks are placing great emphasis on cross-selling while rolling out simple technologies that improve service. Dan Barnes reports.

Indian microfinance

April 2, 2007

The demand for microcredit loans in India is estimated at about Rs600bn ($13.5bn), four-fifths of which is met by informal finance or money lenders. With about a third of its billion-strong population still living in poverty, India is one of the largest markets for microfinance.

Pressure grows for a more robust microcredit sector

April 2, 2007

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Mohammed Yunus talks to Kala Rao about the growing role of microfinance in the global economy, the challenges the sector faces moving from the informal to formal status, the need for regulation and the role that governments can play.

Playing away from home

April 2, 2007

Nordic banks have traditionally adopted decentralised management structures, incorporating collective business practices while eschewing securitisation. Brian Caplen assesses whether this model can be made to work overseas.

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