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The global spread of sukuk

The global spread of sukuk

July 1, 2014

With the UK, Luxembourg, Hong Kong and South Africa all preparing to issue, the popularity of sukuk is going global. And though each is likely to be limited in size, they will bring with them greater international awareness of sharia-compliant financing options.

Gatehouse Bank

Gatehouse banks on UK's Islamic potential

June 2, 2014

Islamic finance has not had a sizable impact on the UK banking industry, but sharia-compliant asset manager Gatehouse Bank believes that it has carved a small but important niche in the market.

Badlisyah Abdul Ghani

CIMB Islamic chief predicts a good year for sukuk

June 2, 2014

Observers are already predicting that 2014 will be a record-breaking year for sukuk issuance. While the majority of deals are currently coming out of Malaysia, CIMB Islamic's CEO believes that developments in the pipeline will see the asset class grow its international presence.

Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

Leaner strategies help Qatari banks remain healthy

June 2, 2014

As the Qatari economy has contracted in recent years, the country's banks have developed their own niches in order to remain profitable in what has become an increasingly competitive market.

Islamic bank of year awards

Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2014

June 2, 2014

As Islamic finance continues to grow and the market matures, the products and services it provides continue to innovate and impress. The Banker rewards the best of these in its Islamic Bank of the Year Awards 2014.

Kuwait progresses towards Islamic banking vision

Kuwait progresses towards Islamic banking vision

April 1, 2014

Islamic banking already has a strong presence in Kuwait. With a number of innovative lenders competing in the sector, and support and regulatory oversight from the country's central bank, it looks as though the industry can only become a more prominent fixture on the country's financial landscape.

Kuwait governor's Islamic finance agenda

February 14, 2014

Kuwait’s central bank governor Mohammad al-Hashel is at the forefront of new thinking on Islamic finance.

Filling the Islamic finance talent gap

January 2, 2014

The Banker's Middle East editor talks to the chief executive of Malaysia's Inceif about its efforts to address the human resources challenge facing the global Islamic finance industry. 

Hussein Al Qemzi

Noor CEO's big ambition for Islamic finance

November 1, 2013

Hussein Al Qemzi, group chief executive officer of Noor Investment Group and CEO of Noor Islamic Bank, believes that Islamic finance has the potential to evolve beyond its niche market and become the globally accepted norm in banking. But before it can do this, it must diversify its products and services, as well as achieve greater standardisation.

Ian Lancaster

Spreading the sharia success story

November 1, 2013

With sharia-compliant investments outperforming their 'conventional' counterparts, appetite for these products can only be expected to grow. But the industry is still too fragmented, according to Ian Lancaster of Cogent Asset Management, with a lack of cross-border connectivity preventing it from achieving critical mass.

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