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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 17th December 2014
Volume 11 Issue 50
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  Global Trendswatch
  IFN Weekly Poll: Could Islamic banking assets outside of traditional core markets increase in 2015?
  New kid on the block: Charles Russell Speechly
  Malaysia: Sukuk still dominate debt market despite overall slowdown
  Enabling Islamic financial transactions in Kenya
  Pakistan to welcome maiden Islamic gold fund next year
  Islamic banking instrumental in driving up number of HNWIs in Malaysia
  Scandinavia: the next Shariah investment destination?
  Improving Pakistani macroeconomic fundamentals ideal for Islamic funds
  Malaysian Takaful sector remains stable despite tighter capitalization criteria
  Sovereign Sukuk: 2015 issuances
IFN Country Correspondents
  Three banks warned for lack of collaboration with MASAK
  Bangladesh plans to float Sukuk
  Regulatory efforts in strengthening the Islamic banking industry in Indonesia
  Sarajevo: A new hub for Islamic finance in Europe
IFN Sector Analysis
  Liquidity and secondary markets: Improving by the year
Features
  Islamic private equity: A new ‘core’ opportunity
  Indonesia: The sleeping giant begins to wake up for microTakaful
Case Study
Turkey’s longest-tenor US dollar Sukuk

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