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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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‘With AIIB around, ADB will no longer be...

ADB was not doing much lending before as Japan was too busy trying to put its own house in order
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Oz retailers find retaining customers the...

A joint study reveals the proliferation of retail channels is making customer experience management difficult to achieve
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‘Crowdfunding is bigger than the internet’

Scott Purcell spurs FundAmerica into a Top Crowdfunding Platform
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A breathtaking year for Mosaic

Mosaic has seen some truly inspirational mentors achieving simply stunning results in their own communities
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China monsoon losses approached $4bn in June

Aon catastrophe report reveals insurance payouts to breach $500 million following US severe weather
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Prince Alwaleed pledges his wealth to philanthropy

Dedicates a whopping $32 billion to empower women, foster cultural understanding
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Skinners’ Academy wins Enterprise Challenge 2015

They came up with a system whereby students can donate spare change to a nominated charity from electronic currency
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Greek exit is cause for concern

Ignore the spectacle at your own peril, investors warned
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Greece: Seeking a way forward

The focus should swiftly shift to the design of an efficient, realistic and truly reforming new programme.
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What are smart cities?

It is pertinent to look at this question as India embarks on a mission to create a hundred smart cities
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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘Turkish people love trading and they want to...

Okan Boke, the General Coordinator of ATIG, tells IFM why the company sees big potential in the forex business
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M-commerce set to leave e-commerce behind

However, companies need to invest more in mobile commerce to make the experience seamless for consumers
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Top 10 most epic trades of all time

Every day, thousands of trades are conducted between traders around the world, but most of them will never be remembered
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Dinube rolls out first-of-its-kind digital...

It is compatible with both ApplePay and Android Pay
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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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A nation in pain

Worsening economy and increased suicide rate amid debt crisis in Greece
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Chinese government’s reaction to stock prices...

The surprise was not that the government intervened, but the manner in which it did
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Grexit avoided, but for how long?

Right now, the deal is just an agreement to reach a deal
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Challenges of Saudisation

To meet demand from industries, the Saudi government is opening colleges and universities to foster skill development among its youth
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Kenya's betting big on infrastructure

Earlier this year, various organisations placed the East African nation among the fastest growing economies in the world
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Greek Referendum: What happens next?

A temporary agreement based on the deal that was "on the table" before the Greek side walked out of the negotiations
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Japan trying to revive startup eco-system

Back in the ’40s, the nation was known for producing startups that went on to become world-class companies
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Greece – the day after: Time for a fresh start?

This might be the beginning of a new dialogue
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Don’t sweat the debt if fiscal space is ample

High public debt ratios dominate today's fiscal policy discussions
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Is Greece pulling back from the brink?

The country should never have made it into the Euro
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There’s more to Mauritius than sea and beaches

The Indian Ocean island is consistently ranked as the best place to do business in Africa
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Too early for a fair assessment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has shown great resolve in trying to tackle problems faced by the Indian economy in its first year in office
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US reports optimistic hiring

Italy and Brazil only countries where employers report negative hiring plans
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The Icelandic economy is back on its feet

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the boom in the tourism sector has had a major economic impact
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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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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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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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