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2016 winners of green car announced

Winners announced in the Connected Green Car of the Year, Green SUV of the Year, Luxury Green Car of the Year categories
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Personal luxury goods market tops a quarter...

Luxury brands will need right pricing model to win against hard-to-predict currency volatility
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Black Friday to dominate this year’s online...

Friday 27th November set to be the highest sales peak in online shopping in 2015
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A private island is not beyond reach

You can own one at less than the price of an average one-bedroom flat in London
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Global F&B companies eye Egypt

It is re-establishing itself as the standout growth market for consumer companies in the MENA region
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Luxury market on an upswing in US

More homes than ever before were sold and listed at US $100 mn or higher in 2014
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Grand Ho Tram Strip gets new president

Shaun McCamley, who has extensive gaming experience, was previously in Macau as managing partner of Euro Pacific Asia Consulting
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$50 million more for Ho Tram Strip project

This is the second new investment announcement in the past two months
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London gets a Conrad hotel

Global luxury brand opens a 256-room property opposite St James Park
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China to get world’s largest public golf complex

Haikou Mission Hills Golf Club project will have 10 world-class golf courses
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Volvo unveils all-new Volvo XC90

Three years in the making and part of a $11bn investment programme, the new car marks the beginning of a new chapter in the company’s history
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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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JW Marriott takes a tall step in China

Newly opened 416-room JW Marriott Hotel Zhengzhou Towers in Henan province is the tallest in central China
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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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Ratan Tata’s most cherished moment

Says Nano launch elevated Tata Group in terms of visibility
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Blue Mountain is the trend-setter in Sri...

The group’s companies handle the diverse aspects of real estate and offer customers a comprehensive range of services
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Building the Blue Mountain brand in Sri Lanka

The company has embarked on a branding and integrated communications campaign to strengthen its position as a leader in Sri Lanka’s dynamic real...
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A growth story in the midst of bad news

4 indicators that top real estate crowdfunding platforms will grow exponentially in 2016
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Saltwater presents flooded homeowners with...

This has left many exposed to electrical dangers
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The revolution of Fintech

Sir Roger Gifford states his expectations for the City of London in 2016
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Bolero appoints Daniel Cotti as new chairman

Experienced former banking executive replaces Bolero veteran Nicholas Barber who becomes Deputy Chairman
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HNIs’ top 3 financial resolutions for 2016

To build funds for retirement emerges as the top priority
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2015 IFM Awards presented to winners in London

The presentation ceremony took place in The Landmark London Hotel on November 27
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A new challenge begins

Mosaic helping pupils ‘Make It Happen’ with the Enterprise Challenge 2016
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Alternative financing to hit $34 billion mark...

Could surpass venture capital and angel investing
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Robots leading workout sessions

Robocoach offers personalised exercise routines for seniors in Singapore
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Second chance

Our mentors have worked with over 200 inmates in 10 prisons since our programme began in 2007
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Al Ansari Exchange hands over AED 1 million to...

Al Ansari Exchange ‘millionaire’ fulfills his dreams after 20 years of work in UAE
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Countering deprivation and promoting success

Mosaic’s mentoring scheme reaches over 250 UK schools
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Taking Omani tradition to the world

Al-Jabri sisters use their creativity to turn dates into a must-have item
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Motivated by failure

Ali Al Khalili, an entrepreneur, feels Oman should trim bureaucratic procedures for startups
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E-invoicing is the way forward

What Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill means for UK’s public sector
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Guiding light for SMEs in Oman

Startup Oman aims to connect Oman's entire SME ecosystem
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Grupo Aval — Central America’s largest...

Operates in 12 countries, serves more than 13 million banking customers, consolidates more than $68 billion in assets and has over $128 billion in...
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Measuring growth and spotting pitfalls in the...

Lenders must address the mortgage retention challenge if they are to aim for a sustainable future
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aafaq Islamic Finance launches new medical...

To target SME companies and complement national healthcare development goals
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Paragon Bank's deposits reach £1 billion

Since its launch in 2014, the bank has attracted more than 25,000 customers
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BBVA invests in Atom Bank

It will invest £45m for a 29.5% stake
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Tech companies offer business loans

PayPal, Alibaba, Intuit have begun offering business loans
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‘Banking industry may struggle against market...

A report from the Bank of International Settlements paints a gloomy picture
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Battling for billions

New mobile payments provider Equitel heats up competition in Kenya
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‘We set standards for the best customer...

BankDhofar of Oman has also been a leader in terms of product innovation and creative solutions
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Online-only banks gaining popularity

With banks struggling to remain profitable, digital banks are disrupting the way the industry functions
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Disruptor tackles ‘closed shop’ of...

Tuxedo Money Solutions signs up to Saxo Payments Banking Marketplace for fast international trnsactions
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Saxo Bank subsidiary set to shake up...

Saxo Payments Banking Marketplace provides a seamless conduit for bank transfers
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‘Full ASEAN banking integration will not happen...

The process is slow because members are not at all homogeneous, says Cedric Chehab, Head of Asia Research at BMI Research
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National Bank of Oman unveils its latest...

Launches Augmented Reality mobile application to help customers find their nearest branch or ATM
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Pioneering business models lead to higher returns

Frost & Sullivan analyses key forces collapsing, disrupting and transforming the banking industry landscape
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Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) realises BD 9.3...

The bank’s overall performance improved compared to 2013
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Bank Rakyat starts 2015 with new corporate office

It embodies the bank’s commitment to deliver nothing but the best to its 5 million customers and 950,000 members
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Next level is banking by video-conferencing

Called self-service, it covers select transactions like change in home addressor phone numbers
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Sacombank is reaping the benefits of its...

Its successful retail strategy is based on human resources, technology, financial capability and branch network
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McOttley Capital leads the way in Ghana

Heralding a new era in investment advisory
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Study suggests over £29bn of working capital...

Supply Chain Finance from PrimeRevenue and AIG launch new supple chain finance offering for mid-market
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Investors look beyond their own home to boost...

Long term growth main factor behind the move
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'UK mortgage market needs to embrace Dodd-Frank'

Says Tony Ward, CEO of due diligence specialist Clayton Euro Risk
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European SMEs’ struggle to raise equity capital

There is general lack of awareness about the various sources of funding
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UK’s first-ever peer-to-peer SIPP launched

UK’s first-ever peer-to-peer SIPP launched. Abundance to address current hurdles stopping many people from investing more towards their retirement
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Emerging economy corporate debt: The threat to...

Emerging market firms have borrowed in foreign currency to take advantage of low interest rates
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eMoov crowdfunding raises over £2m

The figure continues to rise with further VC investments coming in
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HNWIs wealth to reach $1.4 trillion by 2019 in...

Though world market conditions aren’t good, Hong Kong is attractive to local developers as well as foreign institutions
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Life insurance not on the priority list of...

Only 51% Americans own life insurance
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Murray makes investments on crowdfunding platform

Has invested undisclosed amount in three companies
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Your financial past can hurt your job prospects

A good credit score is particularly important for C-level hires or those applying for a job in the finance department
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Crowdfunding platform eyes Oman SME market

Dubai-based company looks to fill the gap of funding for startups
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IW&I strengthens research team with new...

Anticipating challenging conditions behind decision to add new people
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The investment outlook – can the good returns...

Investment returns are likely to slow from the double-digit average of the last few years
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Talent crunch haunts enterprise security

Demand for information security experts has grown 3.5 times over the last five years, reveals a study
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To mitigate the cost of property insurance,...

Cost impacted by global catastrophe experience as well as local
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New umbrella for flood insurance

It has become an essential ingredient for protecting one’s family
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CCM expands offerings of green bonds for investors

The company has been buying green bonds since 1999
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‘Mobile-first’ strategy imperative for airlines

This will bring in higher conversion rate
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Saxo Payments adds new currencies to the...

Members can provide bank transfer capabilities in its own name
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Top 5 drivers impacting oil prices in 2016

OPEC’s controversial strategy to protect market share instead of supporting the oil price is likely to change in 2016
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Criteo launches data centre in Shanghai

The centre will enhance online advertising performance
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How entrepreneurs in Chinatown, Honolulu are...

Over the past few years there has been many activities in the startup community
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Five security predictions for 2016

The challenge with making security predictions is that we can only talk about bad news because that’s the only news that makes it into the public...
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Graphite: Out with the old, in with the new

Global growth in lithium-ion batteries will have a large impact on graphite
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Saxo Payments and SafeCharge collaborate

This will simplify cross border settlement accounts
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Technology will boost economic growth, stagnate...

This is what BBVA Compass economists say in their latest research
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The Swiss are offering fintech opportunities

The European nation is fast developing into a fintech startup hub
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Sportlobster secures £2m venture funding from...

Investment accelerates growth for leading global sports app
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AFEX launches currency prepaid MasterCard for...

Prepaid MasterCard available in 14 major currencies with no exchange rate fees
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Saxo Payments launches Banking Circle Access...

Innovative banking platform opens the doors for PSPs without a licence to trade in Europe
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Taking the lead – in pursuit of high performance

Knowledge is power only if you know how to use it
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Real cost of data management

Assessing the hidden costs of data management in an asset management firm
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Crystals and investor worries as we go from...

Risks regarding China and the Fed may be receding a bit for now but there remains plenty to keep an eye on including the risk of an “accident”...
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Second half of 2015 promises to be exciting

2014 and the beginning of 2015 was a time of ups and downs for the financial markets. Experts from FBS Brokerage Company believe that the second...
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Data management getting attention at executive...

The economic benefits of a managed data service for asset managers
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UK FinTech firm Hello Soda expands to USA

It seeks to revolutionise the financial services and fraud detection markets
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World’s largest concentrated solar plant opened...

Underlines country’s determination to reduce dependence on fossil fuels
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Equador takes a giant step to improve...

Daule-Vinces Transbasin System will ensure permanent irrigation for more than 170,000 hectares
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Will falling oil prices drive global economy...

An analysis by the Corporates & Markets division of Commerzbank AG
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Dim outlook for Europe in 2016

Challenging political landscape, persistent high unemployment and a weak euro are a few of the challenges
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The economic effects of extreme weather

Can lead to cancellations of flights, long traffic delays
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Saudi looks to austerity measures to cut losses

Government is seeking advice from experts on downsizing budget
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Seven reasons not to get too concerned in 2016

The key for investors is to recognise that shares offer a higher return potential after sharp falls
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Low GDP figures new normal for China

Economists expect the Asian economic giant to achieve economic stability in the long run
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China: Going with the wind

There are economic factors behind Asian giant’s interest in wind energy
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Private Sector - an integral part of climate...

The private sector was more broadly represented in Paris than at any previous COP
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Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran

Says Iran has a history of violating diplomatic missions in its country
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Pound outperforms eight out of ten currencies...

Big gains against Brazilian real, Turkish lira and South African Rand
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‘Fed rate decision based on upbeat view of...

Global uncertainty, low inflation not enough to delay liftoff decision, say BBVA Compass economists
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Ruta Viva cuts travel time to Quito airport by...

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, which was in charge of the construction of both phases, has won IFM’s Best Infrastructure Development Project...
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Review of 2015, outlook for 2016 - more of the...

2016 is likely to see uneven global growth, low inflation & easy monetary conditions
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China slowdown is bad news for Asian countries

However, India bucks the trend, grows at a steady pace
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Global business community comes to Paris for...

Come up with solutions for taking on the climate challenge across the board
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What to expect in 2016

Shaun Port, Chief Investment Officer at Nutmeg shares his views on 2016
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Five reasons not to be too worried about the Fed

Rate hikes will be conditional on the US economy and the process is likely to be gradual
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Merging ecology and economy to transform urban...

However, recovery of raw materials from various products is difficult
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The global route for Islamic banks

Revamping IT architecture will be transformative for Islamic banks in 2016
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No-interest finance and its benefits

Review of The Art of Islamic Banking and Finance (2014) by Dr. Yahia Abdul-Rahman
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Must read for aspiring Islamic banking...

Review of Islamic Capital Market, Equity and Sukuk (2014) by Dr. Muhammad Hanif, Associate Professor, FAST School of Management, Islamabad
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The treatment of qard in takaful

The operator plays an important role that the management of a conventional mutual does not in the event of a periodic deficit
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Islamic funds are not just an alternative

Their success is turning them into a source of competition for the conventional funds industry
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Need for standardised dispute resolution contracts

Case analysis of Bank Islam Malaysia Berhard v Azhar Osman & Other Cases
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Islamic finance is knocking on the doorsteps of...

The government has been taking the steps necessary to facilitate transactions in China and Hong Kong.
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GCC hampered by differences in Islamic finance...

The current state of and recommendations for Islamic Finance in the region
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An initiative to promote Islamic Finance

aafaq Islamic Finance signs MoU with University of Bolton’s Centre for Islamic Finance
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Shari’ah law cannot apply to a commercial...

A look into a case settled in 2004 in the England and Wales Court Of Appeal
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Islamic finance and the halal industry

There is great potential for correlation between the two
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Japan has Islamic finance in the pipeline

The sword exterior and chrysanthemum interior of Japan is quite conducive to the soft interior of Islamic finance
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‘The challenge in Indonesia is lack of...

Ciptadana Asset Management on the Sharia investment opportunity in the country with the largest Muslim population in the world
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Only if you have a lot of time on your hands

Book review of ‘Takaful Investment Portfolios: A study of the composition of takaful funds in the GCC and Malaysia’ by Mehmet Asutay
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Islamic insurance: The next global trend

Takaful is about risk-pooling while proprietary insurance is concerned with risk transfer
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Why the confidence in sukuk offerings

Among other things, sukuk compliant to Basel III norms has formed an alternative source of finance for institutions that face difficulties in...
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For Luxembourg, €200mn bond was just a start

The Grand Duchy has a long history of working with the Islamic sector, but is not content to rest on its laurels
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The dispute resolution conundrum of the Islamic...

The industry cannot survive without solid and uniform regulation, a unique and independent dispute resolution framework and a bankruptcy court
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Aafaq launches Happy Customer initiative

This will facilitate payment of government fees, among other things
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