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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 23rd July 2014
Volume 11 Issue 29
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  UAE’s mission to Mars
  Tadawul’s liberalization: A gateway to untapped opportunities
  Sovereign Sukuk market: Gears still moving
IFN Country Analysis
  Turkey — in a pinch
IFN Sector Analysis
  Walking the line: Shariah compliant corporate governance
Features
  Islamic finance in Turkey
Islamic banking is currently dominated by Iran, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, but offers significant promise in Turkey given the country’s strong financial structure and distinctive potential...
  Islamic finance corporate governance in Egypt — less than sophisticated
The corporate governance policies and practices of Islamic financial institutions, while similar in several aspects to those implemented in conventional financial institutions, include certain elements that correspond to and reflect the special characteristics of the products they offer and the image of such institutions in the market...
  Corporate governance in the UK Islamic finance industry
Despite anchoring itself in the Islamic finance space, the UK has yet to see its Shariah compliant retail banking sector take off, prompting for a policy re-think and governance framework restructuring...
  Takaful in Indonesia: Room for growth
Over the last five years, the market share of the Indonesian Islamic insurance industry has increased steadily to 4.2% in 2012 from 2.13% in 2008, according to the latest available official data...
Case Study
Al Hilal Bank’s sophomore Sukuk issuance

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