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.

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Anyone that does business or invests in Asia-Pacific will tell you that, as tempting as ...

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.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) celebrated its 30th anniversary on May 25 with quiet flag-raising ceremonies at border crossings ...

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 ...

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.

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Banks in the GCC have recovered from the global financial ...

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

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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 ...

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.

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When the US ...

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.

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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 ...

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.

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The political crisis ...

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 ...

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?

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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.

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Islamic banks emerged from the recent financial crisis with a relatively burnished image ...

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 ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup

By Gordon Platt

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Dubai Mall: Mixed fortunes for Dubai’s property sector

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the world's biggest sovereign wealth fund, has purchased an approximately 15% stake in London's Gatwick Airport, although it would not confirm ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

MIDDLE EAST

By Gordon Platt

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High point: Saudi Arabia dominates region’s IPOs

Companies based in Saudi Arabia led initial public offerings in the Middle East in the first half of 2010, but the United Arab Emirates is expected to ...