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WhatsApp is sending work-life balance for a toss

With clients on your contacts list, there is no end to the business possibilities and the work day
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Tim Hortons, Burger King join hands to create...

The combined entity will have approximately $23 billion in system sales, over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries and two strong, thriving,...
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Why you should be bullish on Africa

Arne Sorenson, President and CEO at Marriott International, lists the top five reasons
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New main sponsor for German football club 1. FC...

The company, paysafecard, is the world's leading provider in prepaid solutions for online payments
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Greece’s ‘September Club’ returns with star bakers

From September 4th – 11th, Channel 4’s Tom & Henry Herbert will lay a tantalising selection of master classes and gourmet events at The Peligoni Club
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‘Growth in insurance will come from the dynamic...

Adrian Flowers, CEO of SABB Takaful, discusses the insurance market in Saudi Arabia with Team IFM.
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Maldives resort introduces flyboarding

The water sport is being offered by The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi resort in the Noonu Atoll
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The Ashok is captured in a coffee table book

A coffee table book that describes the magnificent past of The Ashok
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60 days after polls, Belgium sees signs of a...

But this is nothing compared to 2010 when it took 18 months to form a government
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For JTB, it is all about SMEs

At Jammal Trust Bank, anyone who needs to finance a productive idea is considered a potential SME
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ACDL adds new investor to Ho Tram Strip project

The first phase opened a year ago and has already established itself as the top getaway for residents of southern Vietnam
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International Finance Magazine interviews Pedro...

In Conversation with Pedro Coelho - CEO, Standard Bank Angola on the future for Angola and Standard Bank.
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International Finance Magazine interviews...

In Conversation with Ljiljana Spasojevic – CEO, AzerCredit on the Growth of Micro finance Industry in Azerbaijan and how AzerCredit is having a...
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In Conversation with Victor Remsha about how...

In March 2014 International Finance Magazine recognized WhoTrades.com as the best social network for traders 2014.
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U.S. Economists Win Nobel for Predicting Asset...

Robert J. Shiller from the University of Yale, Eugene Fama and Lars Peters Hansen from the University of Chicago, won the $ 1.23 million prize for...
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The Most Powerful Central Banker in the World

Yellen, 67, presently the vice-chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System will be the first woman to head the central bank...
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Architect of Austerity Angela Merkel Re-Elected

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a historic election victory on Sunday as her conservatives scored their best result since reunification in 1990.
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History’s Infamous Swindler

End of an Unscrupulous Game- Pulled down by “The Boston Post”
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Ukraine conflict: UK wants SWIFT punishment for...

SWIFT is a crucial real-time gross payment system for cross-border transactions
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NDBIB dominates investment banking space in Sri...

The company has managed several successful public offerings, including the largest ever equity issue on the Colombo bourse
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Assets under management hit record high at Saxo...

Client deposits have gone up by almost 10 billion Dkr. to over 60 billion Dkr.
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An RO is the first step for banks eyeing China

But opening a representative office (RO) may take up to nearly eight months from submission of application
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Brazilian central bank resorts to reserve...

Measure suggests a compromise between hawks at the COPOM and the Rousseff administration
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India’s central bank to identify bulwark in a...

The RBI will designate up to six banks as Domestic Systemically Important Banks (D-SIBs) to reduce the risk of collapse of the financial system
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Mobile, i-banking transactions worth nearly £1...

In 2014, the rate of adoption of digital banking grew strongly with more than 15,000 people downloading banking apps a day
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Quantitative Easing Under the Microscope

While one of the main objectives of QE is to stimulate inflation to prevent deflation, too much inflation could be an unintentional outcome.
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Oz central bank keeps July cash rate steady at...

RBA wants the effects of low interest rate to keep flowing through the economy, which is plagued by tardy growth in the mining sector, reports Team...
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Share market risks

The conditions are still not in place for a major top in share markets: valuations are reasonable, the global economy is on the mend, monetary...
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RBA leaves rate unchanged at 2.5%

RBA chief Glenn Stevens has rightly configured the monetary policy to foster sustainable growth in demand and contain inflation, reports TEAM IFM
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RBI takes steps to spur bank lending

Indian central bank’s pragmatic moves will help the new government stick to prudent fiscal management and usher in broader reforms, reports Team IFM
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Pioneering Origination & Investment products...

Dunn Loren Merrifield (“DL Merrifield”) is a full service investment house which commenced business operations as at September 2009. It is an...
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Taiwan’s economy

Taiwan’s export is expected to grow mildly, as the enhancing competitiveness pressure on the manufacturing sector from abroad.
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Common myths and mistakes of investing

Dr Shane Oliver,Head of Investment Strategy and Chief Economist
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U.S. and U.K. benchmark interest rates to...

The highlights of the economic calendar during previous week were Fed’s, BoE’s and BoJ’s March meetings, the release of U.S. initial jobless claims...
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CFOs and financial directors in UK law firms:...

Adoption of industry-wide financial management best practice key to risk limitation in law firms
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International Finance Magazine interviews Pedro...

In Conversation with Pedro Coelho - CEO, Standard Bank Angola on the future for Angola and Standard Bank.
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Deloitte - CFO Risk Appetite At Record High

Shift towards increased corporate leverage as credit conditions improve.
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Recruitment trends for 2014 in financial services

By Paul Reynolds, Partner, Green Park Interim and Executive Search
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5 Reasons Procrastination is Deadly to...

By Margot Schmorak, Senior Director, Solution Marketing at ServiceSource
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Simple Tips Give First Home Buyers Head Start...

Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released this month reveal that first home buyers now account for just one in eight owner-occupied...
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Top tips for successful equity crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sites enable entrepreneurs to showcase their business and the investment opportunity it offers to potential micro-investors.
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401 (k) Plan for Savings and Retirement

In this article let us understand the meaning of a 401 (k) plan, eligibility criteria, how the plan works, caveats to the rule and difference...
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Corporate Share Deals by Non Residents in France

The current economic crisis, coupled with the urgent need to reduce its budgetary deficit, has forced the French government to adopt a number of...
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Sound Fundamentals Strengthen Kuwait’s Real...

The oil rich country’ real estate sales grew by 72 percent year- on- year in September , as its residential and investment segments recovered...
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Reciprocity Law in Turkey

Earlier in May this year, Turkey passed a landmark law through the Parliament, the passing of the law would see the investment of more than 20...
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Importance of having a Condominium Insurance

Condo owners need to take in to consideration additional coverage for the building on their condominium association’s master insurance and coverage.
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Toxic Assets – Beginning of the End

Many banks have managed to cut down their toxic assets, Citigroup for example, cordoned off its troubled assets in January 2009 with its creation...
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Understating Riskiness Through Window Dressing

Window Dressing may make a fund appear more attractive, but the stock will tend to decline after a certain period.
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Mechanic’s Lien

In this article, International Finance Magazine explains what is a mechanic’s lien, how does it benefit the debtor, exemptions for payment of a...
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Switzerland Far Ahead of the Pack

The key players in the Swiss financial centre are the banks, and their core business is wealth management.
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Vulture Funds Threat to HIPC

The term “vulture fund” refers to a hedge fund that seeks to profit by buying up the distressed debt on secondary markets at a below par price,...
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A window of opportunity to end extreme poverty...

The World Bank has been a long term partner with the Philippines and is committed to building an even stronger relationship with the government and...
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Explaining Derivative Contracts

A derivative contract, in their most basic form, represents the right to buy or sell a security at a specified price; derivatives are generally...
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Real Estate Income Strategies for Retirees

Most retirees need regular cash flows to manage their day to day expenditure in order to lead a satisfied and comfortable retired life.
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U.K. Wealth Managers Restrain Advice to U.S....

HSBC, Deutsche Bank, Bank of Singapore and DBS Group Holdings have all turned away businesses, to avoid scrutiny from the U.S.
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Can the HR 1579, Inclusive Property Act,...

The H.R. 1579 will levy a small sales tax on the trading of derivatives, stocks, bonds and other instruments. Brokers who would carry out trades...
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Five interesting FinTech start-ups to watch for

For some companies, the financial crisis of 2008 proved to be a boon
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There is no escaping the cyber threat

China is notorious for its cyber attacks on companies for commercial gain. But is China the only culprit, which sectors are being targeted and how...
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8 things business travellers need to know about...

But with all the major tech players offering synced services, the barriers to switching from Apple to Android or Windows to Apple are becoming higher
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Choose your Trading Instruments: Forex and CFD...

CFDs offer the opportunity to speculate and diversify your trading in different financial markets, without actually owning the underlying asset.
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Global economy: fast or slow track?

Five years have passed since the global financial crisis. The IMF projects the world economy to increase 3.6% in 2014 and 3.9% in 2015. This is...
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Forex Charting the Easy Way

Charting tools enable traders to view historical data on price movements, pinpoint trends and identify key price points to enter and exit a trade.
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47% of Asia’s CFOs say decision-making hindered...

52% of CFOs also see data accuracy as the biggest obstacle to doing their job, nearly all (94%) say they will need more IT expertise in the next...
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Use Saxo Bank’s online tools for smarter trading

Saxo Bank provides access to industry-leading active trader tools. Unlock your Stock trading potential with our in-depth Equity Research, Stock...
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Copy your way to Forex success

Why has social trading dominated the Forex world? Let’s look at the fundamentals of it to understand why social trading can easily fast-track your...
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Saxo Bank brings you the market's first truly...

By André Sode - Deputy Head of Digital Line of Business
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New service from WhoTrades Multi Market Account

WhoTrades Ltd. is pleased to announce a new unique service Multi Market Account (MMA). Now company’s clients are free to make transactions with the...
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In Conversation with Victor Remsha about how...

In March 2014 International Finance Magazine recognized WhoTrades.com as the best social network for traders 2014.
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Turmoil in Financial Markets, Despite Upbeat...

The highlights of the previous week were the release of better-than-expected official data on U.S. retail sales.
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Column: Investment Insights

Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp may spark new dynamics
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Column: TechTalk

Challenges in Implementing Regulatory Norms for Financial Sector
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Greenback dips after disappointing retail sales...

All eyes last week were on dollar’s slide against all rival currencies, after the release of disappointing U.S. retail sales report for January and...
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Nigeria reports first Ebola death outside Lagos

The victim is a doctor who was treating an Ebola patient
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Spain’s recovery gathering pace

According to INE, the economy expanded by 0.6% QoQ (+1.2% YoY) in the second quarter
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Poverty keeps growing in Buenos Aires as...

Major setback for a country already suffering from devaluation of the peso, rampant inflation, slow growth, falling wages and widespread poverty
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WTO rules against Argentina’s protectionism

Says South American country’s import restrictions breach global trade rules
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Differences at Bank of England

BoE governor has presided over his first split vote. However, the two members who voted for a rate rise are unlikely to be joined by others for a...
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4th Arab Aviation and Media Summit on September 24

The event will be held in RAK and this year’s theme is Aviation & Tourism: common vision and purpose
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Ebola ruins summer of Africa

The outbreak was reported in March just when people begin to take their vacations and travel with their families
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Lloyds Bank:Investor sentiment in UK asset...

Gold continues its upward trend as the most positive asset class performer with a two percentage point increase
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Eurozone: What recovery?

Disappointing GDP data highlight a lack of improvement in the economy, but the ECB is likely to ignore calls for action as it continues to evaluate...
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Portuguese economy surprises with good performance

However, recovery is probably going to remain weak because its biggest hope were exports, but it is hard to see how, with the Eurozone slowing down
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Financial crisis: Repaydebt or grow income

Europeans seem to be doing the former and Americans the latter, says ING senior economist Teunis Brosens
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The grim and costly side of South Africa’s...

Striking mobs have been part of the South African economic landscape for quite some time. Over the past few years however, industrial action has...
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Italy is back in technical recession

Istat indicated that domestic demand was growth neutral, whilst net exports were a drag on growth
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India opens its doors a little more

Sharan Lal says that the announcements on FDI send out a strong message that the newly elected government would promptly draw up action points...
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Anatomy of a real estate crowdfunding transaction

David Drake says that Fundrise takes a slightly different approach from others of its kind because it emphasises the social benefits that arise...
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UK output finally exceeds pre-recession levels

ING believes that BoE will end up tightening monetary policy sooner rather than later
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UK manufacturing orders and employment on...

Domestic orders power manufacturing recovery
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Property deal underlines confidence in New...

Canadian institutional investor buys portfolio of 18 assets
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DIB’s ‘Smart Bank’ set to redefine customer...

New customers can complete their account opening formalities and walk out with their ATM cards and cheque books within 15-20 minutes
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CIMB Group, RHB Capital and MBSB exploring a...

Plan includes the creation of a mega Islamic bank
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Scotland ‘on the cusp’ of establishing world’s...

Scotland may be “on the cusp” of establishing the world’s first ethical finance hub, according to experts in the field.
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Islamic finance industry to reach $2 trillion...

Dubai and London will be in competition in 2014 to be the global hub of Islamic banking and finance, with Kuala Lumpur vying for the spot.
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Scotland –Opening Opportunities For Islamic...

The Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC), based in Scotland, estimates that an investment of £ 120m and £ 200m could be invested in Scotland for...
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Sukuk May be Solution to Africa’s...

Africa is still considered “embryonic” in terms of developing its capital markets but could over a time provide a welcome boon to Islamic finance...
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Impediments to the Growth of Islamic Finance

The Islamic finance sector is estimated to be worth £ 1.2 trillion, and is expected to grow to £ 1.6 trillion by 2015.
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RBI gives nod to NBFC to launch Islamic Finance...

With an estimated Muslim population of 177 million, India is the largest Muslim minority in the world, but banking rules do not permit to Sharia...
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Dubai to Host Global Islamic Economy Summit 2013

Industry experts will focus on six major pillars of the Islamic economy which includes Islamic finance, Halal Food, Halal Lifestyle, Halal Travel,...
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Nigeria to Spread its Wings in Sharia Banking

Central Bank of Nigeria has approved Osun State an inland state in south western Nigeria plan to issue Nigeria’s first sukuk bond, starting with 10...
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Industry Body Launches Manual for Islamic...

The World Council of Credit Unions has launched a manual discussing how to establish and operate Sharia compliant credit unions in developing...
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Overhaul of Malaysian Islamic Finance Laws...

The regulations could also spur takeovers in the Islamic insurance sector through capital base provisions that encourage larger participants.
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London to Capitalize on Thriving Islamic...

As of now nearly 25 law firms in the U.K offer Islamic finance expertise. The U.K. has three licensed Islamic banks, and 22 traditional banks now...
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Viva Kuwait Signs $ 270 Million Loan for...

The borrowing also includes a $ 70 million Murabaha facility, a cost-plus-profit arrangement compliant with Islamic laws
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Tunisia gets $ 1.2 Billion Funding From Islamic...

The North African Country has won a $ 1.2 Billion in funding from the Saudi based Islamic Development Bank with an aim to rejuvenate its...
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Singapore to host 4th World Islamic Banking...

SINGAPORE will host the fourth edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference: Asia Summit (WIBC Asia), which will bring together more than 480...
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Western governments and companies are poised to...

The UK’s Islamic Finance Secretariat puts the value of Sharia-compliant assets globally at trillion dollars.
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