Islamic Finance Goes Global

NEW HORIZONS By Anita Hawser Islamic Finance is growing beyond traditional borders to encompass new markets worldwide. The Islamic finance industry emerged relatively unscathed from the 2008 financial crisis —touting itself as an alternative to the leverage and greed that ...

Special Report: Islamic Finance In Asia

MALAYSIAN DOMINANCE PUT TO THE TEST By Anita Hawser Long the leading force in Asia-Pacific’s Islamic finance industry, Malaysia is facing growing regional competition. Anyone that does business or invests in Asia-Pacific will tell you that, as tempting as it ...

GCC: Big Changes Loom

GCC REGIONAL REPORT: MARKING A MILESTONE By Gordon Platt The regional group faces new challenges as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 25 with quiet flag-raising ceremonies at border crossings ...

GCC: Banks Remain Reluctant To Lend

GCC REGIONAL REPORT: BACK FROM THE BRINK By Gordon Platt Upheaval in the region and beyond is encouraging banks to bolster their balance sheets before launching any aggressive lending programs. Banks in the GCC have recovered from the global financial ...

ME: Lebanon’s Future Uncertain

EMERGING MARKETS ROUNDUP: MIDDLE EAST by Gordon Platt After five months of political wrangling, Lebanon’s prime minister Najib Mikati on June 13 announced a new government led by the Shiite Hezbollah movement, giving Syria and Iran renewed influence in the ...

Regional Report: GCC

GUNS AND BUTTER The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, led by Saudi Arabia, will spend $120 billion over the next few years to buy advanced fighter planes and anti-missile defense systems. They are spending even larger sums to placate potential ...

WORLD’S BEST ISLAMIC FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 2011

Global Finance names the World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions 2011 NEW YORK, April 15, 2011 - Global Finance magazine has announced its fourth annual awards for the World’s Best Islamic Financial Institutions. A full report on the selections will appear ...

Regional Report: Asia

ASIA ACTS AMID ADVERSITY By Thomas Clouse The turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa and the devastating consequences of the early March earthquake in Japan are dragging heavily on Asia’s export-led, resource-intensive economic recovery. When the US economy ...

Take Cover

INSURANCE: POLITICAL RISK COVER By Anita Hawser Recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have brought political risk into sharp focus for multinationals in the region and beyond. It was the morning after the Japanese earthquake, and David ...

FX: Concerns Linger After Currency War

CORPORATE FINANCING NEWS: FOREIGN EXCHANGE By Matt Greco Things may not look quite as bleak as they did a couple of months ago when there was talk—however irresponsible—of currency wars as trade war by other means, but international currency markets ...

Banking On Stability

COVER STORY: MIDDLE EAST By Laurence Neville Nervous investors are looking for signs of stability in the Middle East and North Africa. The region’s burgeoning investment banking industry may provide the reassurance they’re looking for. The political crisis in Egypt, ...

Sector Report: Islamic Finance

ISLAMIC FINANCE: ISLAMIC BANKING BY THE BOOK By Anita Hawser The growing popularity of Islamic financing and an intensified focus on risk management in the global banking industry are prompting greater awareness of the need for a unified—and appropriate—regulatory regime. ...

Islamic Finance: A New Frontier

TRENDS: ISLAMIC FINANCE IN LATIN AMERICA By Antonio Guerrero With Islamic financial institutions seeking to expand into emerging markets in Africa and Asia, could Latin America be next? While Islamic financial institutions have aggressively expanded through Asia and Africa, Latin ...

Standard Bearers

SECTOR FOCUS — ISLAMIC FINANCIAL SERVICES By Anita Hawser Calls for standardized regulation of Islamic financial services are growing louder in the wake of the global financial crisis. Islamic banks emerged from the recent financial crisis with a relatively burnished ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

ROUNDUP By Gordon Platt The six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreed at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, last month to postpone a planned customs union for several additional years. At the exceptional meeting of ministers ...