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THIS WEEK'S ISSUE 4th MARCH
Volume 12 Issue 09
Cover Story : Rating the industry: How agencies are changing the game
Editor's Note : Credit where it's due...
Rapids
Feature
  What is an asset?
  The expanding market for Shariah compliant
     investment funds

  Islamic liquidity management products – an in-depth
     look
IFN Reports
  IFN Global Trendswatch
  IFN Weekly Poll: With several M&A activity reported
     over the past weeks, could we see more attempts
     from Islamic banks to merge in 2015 to gain market
     share?

  IFN Awards 2014 in Dubai gathers over 400 of
     Islamic finance’s leading lights

  BIM — the first of its kind in the Middle East
  Islamic banks increasingly looking towards
     international and regional expansion

  UAE: New insurance rules, new game
  Niger eyes sovereign Sukuk issuer title
  Indian firm joins the international Islamic finance scene
  Sovereign Sukuk: Oman and Niger
Special Reports:
  Influence of faith on Sri Lankan Muslims’ economic
     behavior

  Conventional features in Murabahah-based financing:
     Shariah issues
   Closing Bell     Takaful News     Deal Tracker     Funds Data  
   News     Moves     Events Diary     League Tables  
   Islamic Investor News     Ratings     REDmoney Indexes     Index  
Cover Story

Rating the industry: How agencies are changing the game


Editor's Note

Credit where it's due...



IFN Reports

IFN Global Trendswatch


Islamic Development Bank

What’s been going on in the world this week? LAUREN MCAUGHTRY brings you an update of the most significant economic, regional and global events, issues and trends that have the potential to affect the Islamic finance industry... more…

IFN Weekly Poll: With several M&A activity reported over the past weeks, could we see more attempts from Islamic banks to merge in 2015 to gain market share?

Over the past two years, there have been numerous reports on mergers between Islamic finance institutions from various countries. Consolidation is undoubtedly a popular method in attaining a larger piece of the pie...more...

IFN Awards 2014 in Dubai gathers over 400 of Islamic finance’s leading lights

BIM — the first of its kind in the Middle East

Islamic banks increasingly looking towards international and regional expansion

UAE: New insurance rules, new game

Niger eyes sovereign Sukuk issuer title

Indian firm joins the international Islamic finance scene

Sovereign Sukuk: Oman and Niger



IFN Country Analysis

Russia — moving strong, but will it make it?


IFN Sector Analysis

Liquidity management: An improving sector


Shariah Pronouncement

An Islamic bank has launched a product based on Salam in order to provide cash finance for its retail and corporate customers


IFN Country Correspondent

2015: Indonesia’s Shariah capital market year

Shariah compliant investment opportunities growing in Brazil

A royal decree to create the Central Board for participative finance


IFN Sector Correspondent

Falling oil prices…time to buy a Rolex


Special Reports

Influence of faith on Sri Lankan Muslims’ economic behavior

Conventional features in Murabahah-based financing: Shariah issues


Features

What is an asset?

The expanding market for Shariah compliant investment funds

Islamic liquidity management products – an in-depth look

IFN Weekly Poll

Following the issuance of Central Bank of Nigeria's guidelines on the establishment of an advisory body for Islamic banking in country, will we see more Islamic finance activities in the country this year?
Yes
No

If there are specific questions or issues that you’d like to feature, feel free to send your queries to news@redmoneygroup.com or nabilah.annuar@redmoneygroup.com

Trade Finance
Wednesday,
4th March 2015

Luxembourg leveraging global network for Islamic finance cause

Government of Malaysia to issue Islamic treasury bills this week

IDB opens book for global Sukuk; may price tomorrow

Telekom Malaysia to establish multicurrency Sukuk program worth US$750 million

Ashok Ramamurthy steps down from AmBank Group; joins ANZ in Australia

QIB-UK inaugurates new headquarters in Mayfair

Sharjah Islamic Bank to begin Sukuk roadshow in Asia and Europe tomorrow

Vakifbank receives approval to launch Islamic unit; nine months to set up

IDB chairman confirms group contribution towards trade promotion, investment and insurance at US$63 billion

2015 London Sukuk Summit taking place on the 3rd-4th June

MARC withdraws rating on Weststar Capital’s Sukuk following early redemption

Saudi Electricity Company’s outstanding Sukuk issues receive ‘AA-’ rating
Tuesday,
3rd March 2015

IFN Awards 2014 in Dubai gathers over 400 of Islamic finance’s leading lights

Barwa Real Estate appoints former QNB Capital chief as group CEO

Maybank Investment names Fad’l Mohamed as new deputy CEO

The UAE and Luxembourg to meet today to discuss Islamic banking memorandum of understanding

IDB’s private sector arm strikes partnership with African Export-Import Bank to enhance private sector development in Africa and structure Sukuk

El Wifack on track to convert into fully-fledged Islamic bank; signs agreement with Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Warba Bank launches Shariah compliant short-term investment product

Bank Syariah Mandiri puts together aggressive growth plans to compensate poor 2014 performance

BLME Holdings caps off 2014 with another profitable run

Avicennia keen to tap Turkey’s Shariah compliant insurance market

Sharjah Islamic Bank approves distribution of cash dividend worth AED242.6 million (US$66.05 million)

Dubai Islamic Bank distributes cash dividend

Puncak Niaga to make profit payment for its RM165 million (US$45.44 million) convertible Sukuk Ijarah
Monday,
2nd March 2015

Indian entity to further Islamic finance proposition internationally

Oman targets mid-2015 for a OMR200 million (US$517.58 million) Sukuk issuance

Lee Kim Shin re-joins Allen & Gledhill as managing partner

Muzn Islamic Banking inaugurates new branch in Sohar

Amlak Finance signs MoU with Tanmiyat Global to provide mortgage services

Potential merger between Bank Islam and MBSB; possibility mooted at shareholder level

Maybank’s Shariah units likely to reach top-five position in Indonesia this year, says chairman

Gatehouse Bank to co-launch dedicated letting brand to support private rented sector joint venture

Sharjah Electricity & Water Authority procures US$500 million government-guaranteed Ijarah facility

Eiffel Management assumes total ownership of Emirates REIT’s share capital following acquisition of Dubai Islamic Bank’s 25% stake

Amãna Bank cuts losses in 2014 as customer deposits surge and asset quality improves

Arab Banking Corporation sees 2014 group net profit up 7% to US$256 million

United Gulf Bank reports lower net profit for 2014 at US$1.8 million

Afriland First Bank sets 2015 target for Islamic unit; XOF3 billion (US$5.19 million) in deposits and XOF2 billion (US$3.46 million) in financing extension

Fitch affirms Saudi Arabia’s ratings with a stable outlook

MARC assigns ratings to SPRINT's RM510 million (US$141.08 million) Islamic securities
Friday,
27th March 2015

Weekly market roundup: 21st-27th February 2015

Qatar International Islamic Bank to discuss Tier 1 Sukuk proposal on the 15th March during Ordinary General Assembly

Khazanah Nasional to auction Sukuk worth RM1 billion (US$278.05 million) to fund schools

Weststar Capital makes early redemption of RM900 million (US$250.25 million) Sukuk Mudarabah

Kenya Commercial Bank receives National Treasury approval for Islamic banking window

Japan’s Financial Services Agency considers regulatory changes to facilitate domestic Islamic finance activities

IDB cancels trust certificates worth RM300 million (US$83.42 million) following complete purchase of outstanding facilities

Maybank Islamic sees 16.4% rise in 2014 total income driven by higher contributions from international markets

Sharjah Islamic Bank rounds up 2014 with higher profit

UAE’s new Takaful and insurance regulations well placed to address issues of operators, says AM Best

Moody’s downgrades outlook on five Omani banks' deposit ratings in light of weakening government support capacity

Al Salam Bank Bahrain elects board members
Thursday,
26th February 2015

Niger eyes sovereign Sukuk issuer title

Gulf Finance House to raise US$230 million in Sukuk this year for its acquisition plans

Singapore Exchange CEO Magnus Bocker confirms his departure

SEDCO Capital and Madison Marquette acquire Coral Landings III in Florida

Sharjah Islamic Bank inaugurates new branch in Abu Dhabi, raising its number of UAE branches to 31

Bank Negara Malaysia to sell five-year government investment issues worth RM4 billion (US$1.11 billion) tomorrow

ABC Islamic Bank realizes 23% growth in net profit for 2014 financial year

Takaful International Company suffers operational loss of BHD859,271 (US$2.27 million) due to high claims in 2014
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