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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.

Onwards and outwards: the Islamic industry's appeal continues to spread

November 3, 2014

The past year has seen a number of firsts in the Islamic finance industry, including the first sovereign sukuk from the West. This represents a huge step forward for an industry previously considered niche. Islamic players now must consolidate on these gains by broadening their product offerings, expanding their customer bases and targeting new levels of interoperability with global markets.

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Islamic finance industry reaches critical mass

November 7, 2012

The Islamic finance industry's growth has continued to defy global economic malaise in 2012. And, with more government interest, increasingly complex products and a large untapped customer base, future forecasts are no longer concerned with the industry's ability to continue growing but instead are focusing on the more complex issue of how it will evolve.


Islamic finance roars again

November 1, 2011

After recording relatively sluggish growth in last year's survey, this year's ranking shows the Islamic finance industry posting impressive figures, passing the $1000bn mark in assets for the first time.

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The new value proposition for Islamic finance

November 1, 2011

Amid calls for greater reporting transparency and more engagement with the lower end of the economic pyramid, Islamic finance is experiencing a revival. But for sharia-compliant institutions to take advantage of the trends emerging in the marketplace, several key events need to take place.

Opportunities in a sea of caution

November 24, 2010

Better product segmentation and a focus on deeply underbanked markets in the Muslim world is the best way for Islamic banks to continue to expand in the context of a slower global economy.

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