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The December IFN Supplement will focus on the Middle East Islamic markets and issuer and investor activity across all jurisdictions in the region.

All eyes are increasingly focused on the Middle East markets, with jurisdictions such as the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain ramping up their Islamic finance activity to cater to growing market demand. Investors are also becoming increasingly comfortable with doing business in the region with the opening up of the markets, steady GDP growth and import-export activity, high liquidity levels, the region’s growing relations with Asia and its status as an emerging market with extensive untapped potential.

Being a natural hub for Islamic finance due to its population demographic, and also a hotspot for international talent, the Middle East markets is becoming increasingly dynamic in terms of issuer and investor activity, and have come leaps and bounds from the 2008 defaults; an acid test which it successfully emerged from. With increased transparency, tighter regulations, the provision of sound infrastructure and an overall healthier business outlook, the Middle East Islamic finance markets are set to thrive.

In this issue of Islamic Finance news Supplements, we take an in-depth look at the Middle East and how current shifts in its political and socioeconomic landscape has affected the markets as well as the opportunities that have emerged from the rubble. We gain expert opinion on the best investment moves in the Middle East, market demand and product development via roundtables, interviews and features.

The cover story will focus on the dynamic structure of dual-tranche bonds and its increasing demand in the region, as well as its relevance to today’s market environment. Other in-house authored features will cover cross-border and trade finance, liquidity management instruments catered to the GCC markets, investors’ preferred asset classes as well as the Arab Spring and how governments intend to utilize Islamic finance instruments such as Sukuk to rebuild and finance much-needed infrastructure development.

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CONTENTS
 
 
Latest Issue
Wednesday 29th October 2014
Volume 11 Issue 43
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  What does Indonesia’s New Insurance Law mean to Shariah compliant players?
  Sukuk momentum swings upward, says S&P
  Private equity investment in the US: Widening the net
  Barwa Bank surges ahead with latest IILM engagement
  A new identity for Islamic Bank of Britain
  LCP launches sophomore Shariah compliant residential fund
  Developmental agencies move to grow global Halal network
  IFN Global Trendswatch
  Extension of Enterprise Finance Scheme — a good signal for Islamic finance and SMEs in Bahrain
  IFN Eurekahedge roundup: Stable returns from money market funds
  IFN Weekly Poll: Will 2015 see Bahrain re-emerge as a key Islamic finance player?
  From Jersey to the world: Minerva
  Sovereign Sukuk: From Asia to Africa
IFN Country Correspondents
  Brunei: ‘The Swiss of the East’
  Morocco: Budget and Sukuk opportunities
  Background and developments of Takaful industry in Saudi Arabia
  A centralized approach
IFN Sector Correspondent
  UK Sukuk support
IFN Country Analysis
  Unrealized potential: Islamic finance in Sri Lanka
IFN Sector Analysis
  Infrastructure financing: Opportunities abound
Case Study
Turkiye Finans’ Malaysian Sukuk debut

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