International Finance

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Islamic Banking

Could Ratings Help Boost Transparency in the Trillion-Dollar Islamic Finance Market?

Those involved in Islamic finance readily agree the 40-year-old market has reached a juncture where it must develop further transparency to address concerns about the security of its products. When Dubai’s biggest investment conglomerate, Dubai World, stunned markets last November with a request to freeze repayments on $26 billion in debt, the upstart Gulf emirate...
Islamic Banking

Western governments and companies are poised to test Islamic bond markets

The UK’s Islamic Finance Secretariat puts the value of Sharia-compliant assets globally at trillion dollars. A story surfaced in the Malaysian media last September suggesting that the ESB was planning to issue an Islamic-compliant bond, or sukuk, as part of its future funding arrangements. Sukuk are structured to pay profits or rent, rather than traditional...