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Malaysia leads Asian resurgence

September 29, 2010

The Malaysian government has been active in promoting Islamic finance.

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Battle for the Islamic investor

August 30, 2010

The Dubai stock exchange: interest in Islamic finance has gone global

Major global index providers rushed to satisfy a burgeoning interest in sharia-compliant investing. Now the challenge is to expand coverage and develop new products if the market is to reach its true potential. Writer James Gavin


Sukuk-based project finance takes off

July 28, 2010

The capital markets were deemed too fragile to issue a riyal-denominated Islamic bond to help fund Satorp's greenfield refining project in Saudi Arabia, but that doesn't mean this type of asset funding has gone away. Project sukuk are becoming well known in the Middle East as Islamic finance-friendly products. Writer James Gavin

A point of principle

July 6, 2010

Samira Mensah, fund analyst for Standard & Poor's

Islamic funds performed well in the credit crunch and last year Islamic finance even gained the support of the Vatican. Politicans are now recognising that sharia-compliant principles could assist in avoiding another financial crisis. Writer Silvia Pavoni

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HSBC's sukuk solution

July 6, 2010

With its seven-year maturity making it the longest for any sukuk drawn up by a Saudi corporate, the $1.9bn capital raising put together for the Saudi Electric Company marks a huge achievement for the HSBC Saudi Arabia team that assembled it. Writer Edward Russell-Walling

The Kazakh government is supporting Islamic finance, helped by Abu Dhabi

May 28, 2010

The Kazakhstan government is strongly promoting the development of Islamic finance in the country to diversify its financial sector, with strong support from Abu Dhabi. Writer Philip Alexander

Setting a new global standard

May 5, 2010

Mohammad Daud Bakar, a Malaysian sharia scholar

Cross-border standardisation and rigorous product development processes will help to diversify the sharia-compliant financial markets. Writer Philip Alexander

Why Islamic finance has not yet reached critical mass

May 5, 2010

The market for Islamic bonds, or sukuk, is expected to pick up in 2010, but its appeal will remain limited until the industry can agree a set of global standards and proper legal protection for creditors in case of default.

Islamic insurers eye global market

March 31, 2010

The long-term prospects for takaful Islamic insurance are good, given its focus on populations that are currently underinsured. But intense competition is squeezing profit margins in the short term. Writer James Gavin

Scholars and scale

March 3, 2010

Growing demand: two women open sharia bank accounts at Bank Negara Indonesia

Leading Islamic retail banks are developing increasingly sophisticated systems to maintain sharia compliance in an evolving market. Writer Philip Alexander

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