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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE 28th JANUARY
Volume 12 Issue 04
Cover Story : Opportunities in e-commerce: An opening for Islamic finance
Editor's Note : The old and the new
Rapids
Feature
  Islamic finance making headway in Palestine
IFN Reports
  SECP dissolves Shariah Advisory Board — the right
     move?

  Visionary Saudi monarch King Abdullah passes
     away, leaving global uncertainty in his wake

  Islamic finance and Russia: Closer than you think
  IAFC’s inaugural acquisition, a milestone for Shariah
     compliant aviation financing

  Malaysia sees strong Sukuk activities in 2014;
     government Sukuk doubles market share

  Sovereign Sukuk: A quiet week
  SMEs set to receive major boost from new Shariah
     compliant supply chain finance platform

  IFN Global Trendswatch
  IFN Weekly Poll: Will 2015 be the year China finally
     makes its move into the world of Islamic finance?
Special Reports:
  Arbitration of Islamic finance disputes – Part 2
  Growth of Islamic finance in Canada
  The devil’s advocate
Case Study : Ethiopian Airlines: First Islamic financing in Africa’s aviation industry
   Closing Bell     Takaful News     Deal Tracker     Funds Data  
   News     Moves     Events Diary     League Tables  
   Islamic Investor News     Ratings     REDmoney Indexes     Index  
Cover Story

Opportunities in e-commerce: An opening for Islamic finance


Editor's Note

The old and the new



IFN Reports

IFN Global Trendswatch


Islamic Development Bank

What’s been going on in the world this week? LAUREN MCAUGHTRY brings you an update of the most significant economic, regional and global events, issues and trends that have the potential to affect the Islamic finance industry... more…

IFN Weekly Poll: Will 2015 be the year China finally makes its move into the world of Islamic finance?

As market concerns rise due to the historic fall in oil prices and the volatile global economic condition, Islamic finance players managed to see a silver lining...more...

SECP dissolves Shariah Advisory Board — the right move?

Visionary Saudi monarch King Abdullah passes away, leaving global uncertainty in his wake

Islamic finance and Russia: Closer than you think

IAFC’s inaugural acquisition, a milestone for Shariah compliant aviation financing

Malaysia sees strong Sukuk activities in 2014; government Sukuk doubles market share

Sovereign Sukuk: A quiet week

SMEs set to receive major boost from new Shariah compliant supply chain finance platform



IFN Country Analysis

Senegal: Rising from the ashes


IFN Sector Analysis

Bank debt and loan financing: An ongoing business


Shariah Pronouncement

A customer has approached an Islamic bank for financing of renovation of its chain of outlets


IFN Country Correspondents

Hong Kong has all the right ingredients for Islamic finance

MoU signed between the IDB Group and the Kingdom of Morocco

Indonesian government Sukuk: Starting 2015 strong


Special Reports

Arbitration of Islamic finance disputes – Part 2

Growth of Islamic finance in Canada

The devil’s advocate


Case Study

Ethiopian Airlines: First Islamic financing in Africa’s aviation industry


Feature

Islamic finance making headway in Palestine


Book Excerpt

Risk management for Islamic banks

IFN Weekly Poll

On the back of its performance in 2014, will UAE's real estate sector continue to witness a downward trend this year?
Yes
No

If there are specific questions or issues that you’d like to feature, feel free to send your queries to news@redmoneygroup.com or nabilah.annuar@redmoneygroup.com

Trade Finance
Wednesday,
28th January 2015

Malaysia plans to make Islamic finance a mandatory component for Halal certification

Tunisia to issue Sukuk in second half of 2015

Ahlibank signs MoU with SEZAD to finance business projects in Duqm

Finance ministry auctions IDR2.2 trillion (US$176 million) in Sukuk

Moroccan Shariah scholars meet Bahraini central bank governor to discuss Islamic finance

Islamic Financial Services Board successfully launches Arabic language website

Capital Market Authority confirms Saudi Arabia is on track in opening stock market to foreign investors by June 2015

Shariah scholars certify Alchemiya Media’s crowdfunding campaign as Shariah compliant

Luxembourg’s minister of finance to deliver keynote address at the IFN Europe Forum 2015

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank confirms 20.7% year-on-year increase in net profit for 2014

RAKBANK wraps up 2014 with AED1.45 billion (US$394.75 million) in net profit

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank reports profit of AED4.2 billion (US$1.14 billion) for 2014 financial year

Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia receives ‘AAA’ rating from MARC based on strong perceived government support

Gatehouse Bank appoints David Swan as head of real estate investment

Islamic National Bank appoints new board of directors and Shariah committee</div>
Tuesday,
27th January 2015

QInvest seeks exposure in pan-European market with new Islamic equity fund

Prominent economist and Islamic banking advocate, Dr Ausaf Ahmad passes away

Bahrain Islamic Bank signs five-year strategic agreement with Visa

Capital Intelligence affirms Qatar’s sovereign ratings

Masraf Al Rayan posts net profit of QAR2 billion (US$548.22 million) for 2014

NBK’s net profit jumps 10% to KWD261.8 million (US$885.87 million) in 2014

Emirates REIT posts 39% net profit gain in 2014

Bursa Malaysia amends listing requirements; effective today

Iran eyeing larger share in global Halal food market

Sharjah Islamic Bank records AED377.2 million (US$102.69 million) in net profit for 2014 fiscal year

CIMB Islamic to offer full range of Islamic products and services including microfinancing

RAM upgrades Edaran SWM’s Sukuk outlook to positive based on solid financial performance

Amlak Finance to begin trading its shares again in first half of 2015

Senegal’s minister of finance to accept IFN award for the Africa Deal of the Year at the IFN Awards Ceremony in Dubai on the 2nd March 2015.

State Bank of Pakistan urges Islamic banks to reward customers in line with their surging profits; calls banking industry to rationalize average spread
Monday,
26th January 2015

SMEs set to receive major boost from new Shariah compliant supply chain finance platform

Singaporean firm to potentially introduce Shariah compliant fund under Luxembourg’s Alternative Investment Fund Manager platform

ISFIN gains inroads into Brazil; collaborates with Veirano Advogados as exclusive partner

Lord Mayor of London meets Bank Nizwa to discuss Islamic banking opportunities

Kuwait Finance House launches new consumer product financing campaign to better serve clients

Mashreq opens new E Cube branch in Karama

Banque Misr records EGP2 billion (US$268.04 million) in total Islamic financings at the end of 2014

Dubai Islamic Bank concludes 2014 with 63% surge in net profit

Sabana REIT realizes 12.1% expansion in gross revenue in 2014

EFU Life Assurance receives license from SECP to operate a first Family Takaful window in Pakistan

Capital Intelligence affirms Kuwait’s long and short-term ratings at ‘AA-’ and ‘A1+’, respectively

Economy minister, Sheikh Ahmed Jassim Al Thani, appointed as chairman of Qatar Stock Exchange
Friday,
23rd January 2015

Visionary Saudi monarch King Abdullah passes away, leaving global uncertainty in his wake

Danamon Syariah and ITFC gives out US$200 million in Shariah trade financing

RAM signs MoU with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia for talent development in Islamic finance and the capital market

Bank of Maldives initiates Islamic banking services

National Bank of Bahrain posts net profit of BHD53.44 million (US$140.84 million) in 2014

TASNEE receives SAR1.2 billion (US$319.29 million) in Murabahah financing from Riyad Bank and Saudi British Bank

AM Best withdraws Takaful International Company’s ratings

RAM Ratings reaffirms Bumitama Agri’s Sukuk rating at ‘AA3/Stable’

Deputy commissioner of the Indonesian Financial Services Authority to accept IFN award for Best Regulator in Promoting Islamic Finance at the IFN Awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur
Thursday,
22nd January 2015

Malaysia sees strong Sukuk activities in 2014; government Sukuk doubles market share

KDU University College conducts early redemption of RM21.6 million (US$5.97 million) Sukuk Ijarah

PayTabs goes Islamic; appoints Shariyah Review Bureau as Shariah advisor

United Arab Bank posts AED605 million (US$164.68 million) in net profit for 2014

Boubyan Bank achieves KWD28.2 million (US$95.76 million) in profits for the 2014 financial year

National Bank of Fujairah records 28.6% growth in net profit to AED505.4 million (US$137.57 million) for 2014

First Gulf Bank appoints Giuseppe Ruggiero as head of debt capital markets
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