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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 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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