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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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Counting on corporate support

The important role that corporates play in the mentoring process and the mutual benefits
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Web posts can make or break your career

Recruiters are increasingly gauging the suitability of candidates by looking up their posts on social media
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Rewarding enterprise

In the fourth of his monthly columns, Jonathan Freeman writes about the Enterprise Challenge 2015
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10 Traits of Transformational CEOs

RevenueNOW's Jeff christian reveals characteristics and behaviors of great leaders
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Someone to show the right path

GrowthEnabler, which mentors startups, wants to look beyond the Valley
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Singapore’s founding father dies at 91

Lee Kuan Yew transformed Singapore into a global economic powerhouse
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DWF Partner Andrew Gregory joins Pre-Pack Pool...

Pre-Pack Pool established to assess the viability of pre-pack administrations
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Leading by example

Inspiring and empowering young people to get involved in their own communities is a global issue
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Big businesses support Earth Hour

Over 100,000 employees in the UK expected to take part in the world’s biggest ‘lights-out’ display
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‘Sacombank has been growing steadily’

CEO Phan Huy Khang says it is the outcome of targeting the correct areas, and providing a broad range of services and products
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‘Basmati has gone beyond NRIs’

Amira Group Chairman Karan A Chanana says the rice being embraced by more mainstream consumers in developed markets
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India’s Kickstarter

Wishberry.in is now crowdfunding hundreds of creative projects
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Economic sustainability? Grow your own...

The Enterprise Challenge and how businesses can contribute to the next generation of entrepreneurs
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‘By exiting Eurozone, Greece would shoot itself...

Lars Oberle, Chairman of Finanz Konzept, spoke to IFM about the company and developments in Europe
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‘We want people to think Ness develops products...

Excerpts from an interview with Douglas Mow, Senior VP Corporate Strategy and CMO, Ness Software Engineering Services
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Why everyone is talking about Africa

Over the past two decades, Africa has grown from a region dominated by problems, risks, and hazards to one of opportunity and possibility
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‘Extractive sector can and should benefit human...

Speakers at the 2015 Mining Indaba stressed on local content
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‘Insurance companies should practice...

Excerpts from an interesting interaction with Nihal Senaratne, chairman of Sri Lanka-based Senaratne Insurance Brokers (Pvt) Ltd.
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‘Immediate concern is the lack of human resources’

Dr. Mahmoud Said Abdalaal, CEO of Aafaq Islamic Finance tells IFM about the challenges facing Islamic finance and banking
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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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Bank robberies down, attacks on ATMs up

But, the greater threat is posed by developments in technology
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Gulf Bank to help develop an entrepreneurship...

Gulf Bank to help develop an entrepreneurship ecosystem in Kuwait,Will participate in the National Fund’s SME Debt Program
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VPBank offers consumer loans of up to VND 500...

Hopes to show its gratitude to its loyal customers
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ANZ gearing to tap growing potential in Vietnam

The formation of a consuming middle-class is occurring at a faster pace in Vietnam than in any other emerging Asian economy, including China, India...
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Banco Único becomes 6th biggest bank in 3 years

It was the 18th bank to start operations in Mozambique
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SMEs: The double-edged sword of disintermediation

Fragmentation of SME credit markets requires business owners to be more knowledgeable
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VP Bank organises seminar on Cash Flow Management

The program was aimed at SME customers
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Odeabank: From the 49th place to 13th in 15 years

The total loan book reached Turkish Lira 14.3 billion, total asset size TL 20.3 billion whereas customer deposits reached TL 16.8 billion by the...
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IFM celebrates financial excellence at annual...

Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower on November 18
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Headline: Bank Sohar net profit soars by 31.14%

Acting CEO says the bank has grown from strength to strength
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Most investment bankers are still male

With a 2% drop in number of women entering the financial sector in the US, gender diversity is a long way off
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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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The power of 3

The key points behind the success of ATIG Investment & Securities
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Ecology Building Society makes investment via...

The move extends Ecology’s support of UK Renewable Energy Projects
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Where are we in the investment cycle?

It is now six years since the global financial crisis ended
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Is residential property the right investment...

Over the past ten years, Australian residential property has delivered lower returns than shares
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What is risk in investing?

The chance that an investment’s actual return will be different than expected
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Airline insurance premium may go up

The Germanwings crash is the latest in a string of incidents involving airlines in the last one year
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Poste Vita focuses on Postaprevidenza Valore

Since the launch of the individual pension plan, the company’s goal has been to develop a culture of supplementary pension plans
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Investors finally paying more attention to GCC

So far, energy rich Middle Eastern countries have built a reputation as a source of funds
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'GCC can weather the fall in oil prices'

Interview with Joel Kukemelk, Fund Manager of LHV Persian Gulf Fund (LHV Asset Management)
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Getting spend under management

How Can Financial Directors Help Procurement Be More Strategic?
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Gold trading: To do or not to do

Many investment experts are sceptical, but interest is increasing
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Gold hits 15-month low

Strong economic data sends prices down
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RCAP to take institutional-quality investments...

To do this, the NYSE listed company announced the launch of an investment platform
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5 Reasons Procrastination is Deadly to...

By Margot Schmorak, Senior Director, Solution Marketing at ServiceSource
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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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Opportunities on the new Silk Road

A lot depends on the way China executes the project and the cooperation extended by other nations
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Oman SME Summit 2015: Opportunities galore

As the Gulf nation presses ahead with diversifying its oil-dependent economy, be there on September 15-16 to see what's in it for you
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Changing the rules of the game

A look at the laws governing tax residency in India
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IT, mobile to drive growth in retail

For retailers, factors like reduced time to market, less inaccuracies, no manual latency will be the differentiators
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WhoTrades turnover in Latin America touches $10...

The client base stands at 8,500 people and is doubling each month
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Digital Realty expands Singapore data center...

Second data center to address growing demand for data center infrastructure needs in Asia-Pacific
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Email marketing still the preferred choice

Generates better ROI when compared to other channels
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Why are Consumers Skeptical of Adopting Mobile...

Consumers are demanding means to shop wherever they are, whenever they want
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‘Investment on solutions must yield highest ROI’

Robert Hazboun, Managing Director at ICSFS, tells IFM that technology is increasingly becoming a differentiator for banks due to tough competition...
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‘Payments via mobile phones are predicted to...

IFM spoke to Andrew Schrage, co-founder of Moneycrashers.com, about the changes in payment systems
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Is Facial Recognition for Payments Going...

Facial recognition based authentication is performed by matching a live facial image of a person with the person’s stored image for the transaction...
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Best way to advertise? Get on an app

From e-commerce to gaming firms, all are betting big on appvertising
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NEM launches alternative to Bitcoin

It features a 100% original codebase, an unprecedented Proof-of-Importance algorithm and claims low energy use
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March windstorms cause billion-dollar damage...

Windstorm Niklas recorded as costliest non-U.S. event in first quarter 2015
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'Some lawyers are already using wearable...

With approximately 20 years of experience in the legal field, Nicole Black is a “go to” expert on legal technology matters
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US continues to lead ecommerce sales

The country also appears to be adopting the shift to mobile at a faster rate than other countries
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IBM and The Weather Company partner to bring...

Deeper understanding of connections between weather and business outcomes could save industry billions
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Time for a little buzz

While fans are fawning over Apple’s latest offering, the rest are wondering if the watch is worth the money
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Apple Watch: Communication revolution

Watch to be available from April 24 in nine countries
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‘Focus on EU referendum and get it over with’

Industry believes decisive UK election result will help only once all hurdles to growth are overcome quickly
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London secures £200 mn for extension to...

The UK’s first ever CPI-linked Sterling bond will contribute to the cost of the new project
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Egypt betting big on a new capital

President hopes it will usher in new investments; however, such plans have failed in the past
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Uncertainty of election makes pound jittery

On April 10, the pound fell to a five-year low against the dollar
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Asia’s SMEs catch onto alternative finance

Outlook from Singapore, India, China and other countries show that firms are opening up to this
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Argentina sues and suspends Citibank

The reason is the bank’s exit from its bond custody business
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Singapore draws up smart plans

The aim is to be a smart nation within 10 years
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‘AEC could propel local companies into regional...

F&S says that local firms need to move away from low-labour cost production operations
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Zaiwalla & Co welcomes Iran’s nuclear deal

The solicitor gives thumbs up to the framework agreement reached with the P5+1 countries
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Brazil takes a $27 billion hit

That’s the cost of the Petrobras scandal to the world’s seventh largest economy
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Menacorp tops dubai financial market’s list of...

Attributes success to robust business model
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Russia seeks a bite of Latin America

Renewing and strengthening ties in a bid to alleviate food shortages back home
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ADB sees strong growth for Asia in 2015 and 2016

"Developing Asia is making a strong contribution to global economic growth", says ADB Chief Economist Shang-Jin Wei.
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Impact of Osborne's budget on business

DoF Online spoke to KPMG’s head of tax policy Chris Morgan about the impact of Chancellor George Osborne’s proposals
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Doors are not actually open

China’s rules for MNCs have triggered fears that the country is moving towards investment protectionism
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Thousands of Argentines take to the streets

Lambast President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner for mysterious death of a prosecutor
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Betting big on India

Acting as a catalyst to its growth story is US President Barack Obama’s recent visit, which may inspire investors to pile up Indian stocks...
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Investment in clean cooking can return a profit

But the real benefit lies in the social impact
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Bangladesh: Immense potential marred by...

NDB Capital says the country needs to ensure adequate participation from all classes of investors in order to sustain its healthy growth trajectory
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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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More sovereign sukuk on the way

This was the opinion of delegates at the IFM’s summit on Islamic finance
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Market for takaful in Europe is looking brighter

The parallels with the mutual sector are helping
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Spike in interest rates could hamper Islamic...

Base rates are at record lows in Europe with the Bank of England having held its rate at 0.5% for five years now
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Three Malaysia banks announce merger

The combined entity will become South East Asia’s fourth largest commercial lender and Islamic bank
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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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