Market Forces

FOCUS: ISLAMIC FINANCE IN ASIA   A centralized approach to Islamic finance is helping Asia develop an industry that may challenge the Middle East as the global hub.   By Anita Hawser   The Middle East is often thought of ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup   By Gordon Platt   Dubai International Financial Center: Turmoil casts doubt over future The repercussions from the debt-standstill by investment company Dubai World will be felt for months, if not years, to come. Moody’s Investors Service on December ...

Emerging Markets: Middle East

Roundup   By Gordon Platt   Futuristic: Dubai’s new metro should ease traffic congestion Jordan and Iraq signed a free trade agreement in Baghdad on September 3 that will expand already fast-growing trade between the neighboring countries. Jordan’s prime minister ...

Features: Islamic Finance

REGIONAL REPORT: Gulf Cooperation Council Sukuk issuance is rebounding as investor confidence returns to the GCC region. By Gordon Platt The global financial crisis has accelerated what already was a growing interest in Islamic finance and has created new opportunities ...