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Already dubbed as the potential savior to the world’s financial woes, the Asian economy is emerging at a phenomenal pace, while maintaining a robust fiscal position amid the financial rubble in the west. NAZNEEN HALIM explores the exotic and untapped opportunities in the region and uncovers the latest emerging markets according to industry opinions.

By 2015, it is anticipated that emerging markets will constitute 41% of the global GDP; almost triple the amount in 1987. As opposed to the developed markets — predominantly those of North America and Europe, Asia (including the Middle East) has almost all the elements needed to create an economic powerhouse. A growing population, improved financial regulations and infrastructure, raw materials, robust manufacturing capabilities, unsaturated financial markets, increasing talent and human capital alongside demand for development and infrastructure projects are among the factors currently fuelling the Asian boom. Both market observers and investors are excited about the prospects of the emerging Asian economies; particularly for Islamic finance.

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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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