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Impact investing: the social entrepreneurship revolution

January 4, 2016

The success of an investment is increasingly defined not just by risk and return but also its impact on society. Silvia Pavoni talks to the investors that demand purpose along with profit, and that are bringing about a revolution in the process.

Investing in African banks

Investing in African banks

January 4, 2016

Having undergone a series of consolidations, and operating in a region with a young, largely unbanked population, Africa's banks are attracting the attention of investors from all over the world. However, choosing where to invest remains a challenge.

Reinventing bits of the bank

January 4, 2016

Fintech start-ups are adept at pulling apart the banking business, neatly picking off low-hanging fruit. Joy Macknight examines the disruptive business models erupting in the financial industry and the banks’ response to this wave of innovation.

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What will it take to turn European banking union rhetoric into reality?

January 4, 2016

The formation of a European banking union should have helped ease Greece's economic woes, but far from putting European banks on an even footing, the so-called union left Greece out in the cold, writes former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Chinese investors take aim at UK

Chinese investors take aim at UK

January 4, 2016

China's outward direct investment will outpace foreign direct investment in the country for the first time in 2015. Stefania Palma maps where this investment is going in the UK.

Structural reforms left behind by changes to banking markets

January 1, 2016

Structural reforms have consumed an immense amount of time and effort from regulators and industry participants in the past few years, but will they be made obsolete by more general changes to the global banking market? 

The Banker's Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking: a bump on a path of progress

November 2, 2015

Despite a fall in total assets, The Banker's 2015 survey of the Top Islamic Financial Institutions indicates that the market is continuing to move in the right direction, with sharia-compliant institutions improving access to and delivery of services, developing microfinance services, and forming stronger strategic partnerships across Asia.

The Banker’s Top Islamic Financial Institutions 2015 – Methodology

November 2, 2015

A look at how The Banker compiled the 2015 Top Islamic Financial Institutions ranking.

Islamic finance roundtable: filling the SME gap

November 2, 2015

Despite high demand for sharia-compliant finance, a lack of expertise and services tailored to SMEs has resulted in significant underfunding of such businesses. Four specialists from the Islamic finance world look at how to make up for this shortfall.

Sukuk increase in popularity but hit compliance issues

November 2, 2015

There has been a spike in the number of sukuk issued outside the Muslim world. But while demand is up, there remains a significant number of regulatory and operational obstacles in issuing these sharia-compliant bonds.

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