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ISLAMIC FINANCE HELD BACK BY LACK OF SUPERVISION, LIQUIDITY

Islamic finance has seen tremendous growth over the past few decades. May 04, 2015 Author: Darren Stubing Total Islamic financial assets topped $1.8 trillion in 2013, close to double that in 2009. And by all indications, it is poised for more expansion, particularly in shariah-compliant funding for public infrastructure projects. But as the IMF pointed …

GROWTH BEGETS GROWTH | ISLAMIC FINANCE

Development in the Middle East, and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries in particular, is being fueled by the growth of Islamic finance. April 06, 2015 Author: Darren Stubing Back To Supplement The Islamic finance sector is set for further growth in 2015, with much of this expansion to take place in the Middle East—and the …

WHO’S WHO IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Global Finance’s first annual list of Who’s Who in The Middle East.      April 06, 2015 Author: Gordon Platt Back To Supplement Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Ala’a Eraiqat, CEO and executive director Eraiqat joined ADCB in 2004 and was named CEO in 2009. He previously held senior positions in the UAE at Citi and Standard Chartered …

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY | SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS

Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds are notoriously secretive in terms of their investments and strategy. So what will they do in response to the oil price drop?  April 06, 2015 Author: Al Emid Back To Supplement When it comes to the investing powerhouses that make up Middle Eastern sovereign wealth funds, the key topic that …

MIDDLE EAST INVESTMENT BANKERS FIND SILVER LININGS

Market Focus | Middle East Investment Banking March 06, 2015 Author: Gordon Platt Jump To Section Seeking Out The Silver Linings What’s Driving Middle Eastern M&A? GCC Countries Use IPOs To Distribute Oil Wealth Although investment bankers remain cautious about Middle Eastern prospects in the wake of falling oil prices, M&A activity and debt issuance …

SAUDI ARABIA: THE THRIVING BANKING SECTOR

Saudi Arabia | Banking Sector February 06, 2015 Author: Justin Keay Jump To Section Saudi Arabia | Banking Sector Report Refining The Mix King Abdullah’s Legacy For Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Throws Open The Doors To Foreign Investors Highly capitalized and boasting healthy margins, Saudi banks are unlikely to feel much fallout from the country’s …

INNOVATION IN ISLAMIC FINANCE

Market Report February 06, 2015 Author: Darren Stubing FINANCING INNOVATION DRIVES GROWTH New structures and issuers and greater standardization are pushing issuance in the global sukuk market. Sukuk issuance in 2014 is estimated at $130 billion, with outstanding issuance continuing to grow. The sukuk market remains largely sovereign and quasi-sovereign issuers, but private-sector issuance is …

Sukuk: Sinking Oil Floats Islamic Bond Issues

Sukuk Outlook 2015 January 14, 2015 Author: Tiziana Barghini Hit by the double curse of falling oil p­­rices and rising interest rates, global issuance of sukuk— shariah-compliant Islamic bonds—slowed sharply in the final quarter of 2014, failing to reach the record high that financial markets had expected and leaving investors wondering about the outlook for …

BRIDGING THE CHASM

MARKET REPORT | ISLAMIC TRADE FINANCE October 09, 2014 Author: Anita Hawser Offering inventory financing to commodity traders brings much-needed liquidity to the Islamic trade finance market. Domestic companies in rapid-growth markets such as Qatar, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, UAE and Turkey are swiftly expanding beyond their domestic borders. According to EY’s April 2013 Rapid-Growth …

GOLDMAN SACHS TO TAP GROWING ISLAMIC MARKET

CAPITAL MARKETS | ISLAMIC FINANCE October 09, 2014 Author: Gordon Platt To diversify its sources of financing, Goldman Sachs plans to issue a benchmark Islamic bond, at a time when demand for sukuk is outrunning supply. Meanwhile, South Africa is planning its first sovereign sukuk, and the Egyptian government is working on a new sukuk …