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Dispelling the myths about Islamic Fund management

November 24, 2010

Islamic financial products are targeted at the global investment community as the market continues to mature. Writer James Gavin


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

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

Gulf Islamic banks gear up for a change

February 1, 2010

Majid Al-Refai, CEO of sharia-compliant Bahrain-based Unicorn Investment Bank

After a turbulent year bookended by the near default on a large Dubai sukuk, the Middle East's Islamic banking community is taking stock. Writer James Gavin

The participation principle

December 30, 2009

Yunus Nacar, CEO of Türkiye Finans

Turkey's Islamic participation banks are becoming more ambitious, but are still looking for a model that competes more effectively with the conventional market. Writer James Gavin

Exploring a new funds universe

June 4, 2009

Innovative sharia-compliant products are sparking global interest, and in the constrained financial climate they are catering to customers' growing risk aversion. Writer James Gavin

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Can Islamic finance plug the funding gap?

May 5, 2009

The global financial crisis has limited the finances available for major projects in the Middle East. But this could be an opportunity for Islamic financiers to come up with sharia-compliant finance to make up for the shortfall of Western funds. Writer James Gavin

Saudi’s strategy of diversification

August 7, 2006

The kingdom is to build a vast financial centre to service its growth and employment needs thereby avoiding the need to import expatriates, write James Gavin and Jon Marks.

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