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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 26th November 2014
Volume 11 Issue 47
   
Cover Story
IFN Rapid
News Briefs
Asset Management
Takaful
Ratings
Moves
IFN Reports
  IFN Weekly Poll: Inching closer to its proposed issue date and after a postponement in September, will Pakistan meet its target to raise US$1 billion in Sukuk before December 2014?
  IFN Eurekahedge round up: Variance in annualized standard deviation
  The missing link: Could Islamic repos finally become a reality?
  Company Focus: CastleHill Capital Partners
  New player on the Takaful scene
  IFN Global Trendswatch
  Sovereign Sukuk: Busy markets
  Indonesia’s five-year roadmap to accelerate its Islamic industry
  Sukuk pipeline starts flowing as the end of the year approaches
  Stable in the charts: Amana Growth Fund
  Turkey’s maiden 10-year Sukuk paves way for longer-term sovereign Islamic debt
  Increased growth rates for UAE banks in the first nine months of 2014
  State Bank of India to launch Shariah compliant mutual fund
  UK’s largest private rented residential portfolios with a Shariah compliant touch
IFN Country Correspondents
  IBA and IDB – spearheading Islamic finance in Azerbaijan
  Bank Asya to vote on capital increase
  NSE listing of Shariah compliant fund to boost Islamic finance industry in Nigeria
  Winding up of First Habib Bank Modaraba
  Islamic finance in Malta may be given a boost
IFN Country Analysis
  Islamic finance in South Africa: Sukuk takes the stage
IFN Sector Analysis
  Technology: A stepping stone to get ahead
Feature
  Outlook on Japan and Islamic finance
  Liquidity management in Islamic finance: Opportunities and challenges
  Liquidity and secondary markets
Case Study
Biggest IPO in the Arab world: National Commercial Bank

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