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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 22nd October 2014
Volume 11 Issue 42
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  Building on Sri Lanka’s growth story: Amana Candor Shariah Income Fund
  IFN Global Trendswatch
  IFN Weekly Poll: If the Islamic asset management industry were to have one dedicated ‘center’, which would be most suited?
  IFN Dealogic roundup
  Oil uncertainty: a launchpad for Islamic finance?
  Unpublished private placement ratings — too early to tell
  On a Wing and a Prayer: Breaking down barriers
  New Islamic bank for Tunisia
  Islamic finance landing opportunities in aviation world
  Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE spearhead growth opportunities in the GCC
  Solid micro and macroeconomic environment pushes Al Samaha Islamic Fund to the top
  Sovereign Sukuk: Back to Asia
  Meezan Bank concludes HSBC Pakistan acquisition, targets high net worth customer base
  Positive third quarter results for Saudi banks
IFN Country Correspondents
  Completion of repayment of Qatari loans by Egypt in November
  Slow growth in Nigeria’s Islamic finance industry
  Tunisia looking to debut Sukuk by the end of 2014
IFN Sector Correspondent
  Islamic PE and VC: Under-represented but improving
IFN Country Analysis
  Growing market: Islamic finance in Bangladesh
IFN Sector Analysis
  Reviving the Islamic securitization market
Features
  Singapore as a hub for Islamic wealth management
According to an annual survey conducted by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank and regulatory authority...
  The growth of Islamic derivatives
The reputation of financial derivatives suffered greatly during the financial crisis...
  GCC’s low insurance penetration gives Malaysia a head start in Islamic insurance
Although the Gulf region is the world’s largest market for Takaful, the sector has yet to truly flourish in any of the six GCC states...
Case Study
South Africa’s maiden Sukuk: A well-received Islamic paper

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