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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 September 2014
Volume 11 Issue 37
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  IFN Global makes a splash in the Middle East
  FAA to launch ‘first of its kind’ standard for Islamic finance in 2015
  Turkey going strong — with or without Bank Asya
  Muslim expat estate planning: A new market for wealth management?
  IFN Global Trendswatch
  IFN Funds Round-up: Islamic funds index outperforms
  Weekly Poll: Following IILM''s recent six-month Sukuk issuance, which would be the most preferable tenor for liquidity management?
  Fund Focus: AlKhair Capital diversifies portfolio with debut Sukuk Plus Fund
  A new kind of rating?
  Two in a day — Sovereign Sukuk market welcomes Hong Kong and Sharjah
  Malaysian tripartite merger: A force that could trigger mergers in the domestic market?
  Takaful continues growth story — but not without struggle
  Sovereign Sukuk: Oman and South Africa inch closer to their Sukuk debut
IFN Country Correspondents
  Large-scale projects providing impetus for Islamic finance
  New PPP law stimulates Shariah involvement
  UAE and Iraq hold meeting to discuss Islamic economy opportunities
  Tax and Sukuk: Uncertainty looms
IFN Sector Correspondents
  Project finance: Meeting commercial demand with retail structures
IFN Country Analysis
  Islamic finance: Offering faith and progress for Nigeria?
IFN Sector Analysis
  Looking towards an encouraging close for 2014
Features
  The legal and structural framework for the issuance of Sukuk
Sukuk are the most significant mechanisms for Islamic financial services to generate cash flows from the Islamic capital market and raise finance through Islamic capital market operations using Shariah compliant structures...
  Right of beneficiaries for endowment contracts: Fitting French life insurance to Islamic morality
The Islamic finance industry has yet to fully take off in France: but the insurance sector represents a positive opportunity for Shariah compliant ethics to access the market...
Case Study
Meezan Tahaffuz Pension Fund

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