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Maison Eight: Bringing France to Hong Kong

Designed by Two Men in Hats, the place will have French cuisine, cocktails and champagne
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Miami and its Archistars

There is more to the city in Florida, USA than blue skies and white beaches
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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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Microsoft to acquire LinkedIn

But even after the deal is sealed, LinkedIn will continue to function independently
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myPINpad appoints a new member to its board of...

Card and payments expert Robert Courtneidge joins
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‘Lazada and Alibaba partnership will bring...

Interview with Riccardo Basile, Chief Commercial Officer of Lazada Group
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SoftBank to sell Alibaba shares, raise $7.9...

But will continue to be the largest shareholder of the ecommerce giant
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Zapper strengthens leadership team

Jon Birt and Jason Cooling join Zapper, both have over 25 years of experience
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Cifas appoints a new chairman

Lady Barbara Judge will take up the role in September
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ebizmarts appoints MD for UK, Europe

John Fitchett to grow the adoption of ebizmarts’ omnichannel cross-border payment interfaces
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Debris of EgyptAir flight found

However, it is still unclear why the accident took place
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Saudi oil minister removed after 20 years in...

He has been replaced by Khaled al-Falih, who heads Saudi Aramco
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Cochin airport takes off on solar power

World’s first solar powered airport has more electricity than it needs
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Mosaic moves to The Prince’s Trust

The mentoring initiative was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007
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Mitsubishi shares continue to fall

Japan's Transport Ministry raids its research centre during probe into mileage test data scam
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The best places to work in Asia

Most of the companies are located in Australia followed by India
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Stanley Gibbons sells £495,000 ‘Holy Grail’...

It is only one of five used examples known to the world of philately
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'Many people assume that engineers work in the...

Naadiya Moosajee is trying to get more African women to study and pursue a career in engineering
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RiskFirst appoints new leadership team

This is part of renewed growth leadership
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‘The models will never be accurate’

Karen Clark, who created the world’s first hurricane catastrophe model in 1983, explains that there is very little data for most peril regions
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Rewarding the leaders

HRH The Prince of Wales hears of charity’s international success during special reception at Clarence House
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Guiding by example

How business mentors are helping to inspire young people to success
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‘Odeabank stays ahead by using advanced...

An interview with Hüseyin Özkaya, CEO of Odeabank
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Wirecard and Verifone partner to bring payment...

Collaboration to expand POS market in Asia Pacific
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Société Générale and La Banque Postale to...

The two banks will merge their payment systems in a partnership with Sopra Banking Software
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Allied Irish Bank secures cloud use for 15,000...

Skyhigh helps bank identify 2,500 cloud services and secure its IT
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Al Rajhi Bank signs up with BIAN

Misys and First Horizon also commit to shaping the future financial services innovation
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Lessons for the first-time adopters of IFRS

There is evidence to suggest that the move has resulted in more comparable and more transparent financial statements
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‘Banks in Ukraine have experienced increase in...

Olexandr Dubilet, Chairman of the board of PrivatBank, on how the bank is coping with the turmoil in the region
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WorldRemit partners with UAE Exchange

New services will be rolled out in Africa, Middle East, Asia
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KBL epb 2015 net profit rises 22%

Full year net profit reaches €81 million; revenues rise to €548 million
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Nexus Group gets new head of general insurance

Appoints Philip Ashkuri; serving GCC insurance remains a priority
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LCP brings in former FTSE chairman as property...

Richard Crowder has experience in growing securities, banking, investment and advisory
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Moody’s analytics launches UK mortgage...

Will help assess credit risk in portfolios of residential mortgages
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KBL epb expands UK and Dutch operations

Announces acquisition of Insinger de Beaufort
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Deposit Solutions appoints Max von Bismarck as...

FinTech company accelerates Europe-wide rollout
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FC Exchange joins Saxo Payments’ banking circle

This will help in expansion into new markets
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‘Panama Papers allegations are not...

The overwhelming majority of the offshore sector only provides services that are fully compliant and legal
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‘BNU is growing along with Macau’

Interview with Pedro Cardoso, Chief Executive Officer of BNU, which has been a century-old pillar of Macau’s economy
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MyCheck introduces MyWallet SDK

This will help in secure integration of payment in mobile apps and websites
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Al Masraf profits increase by 11% in 2015

Profit increase encourages bank to develop more attractive products
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BoK may keep policy rate on hold

Change of board members in April 2016 may have been a factor behind the move
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Is Osborne right on Brexit and property?

Chancellor of the Exchequer said that property prices will be significantly dampened by a UK vote to leave
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Why China is buying gold

Mike Gleason speaks to Jim Rickards on the confused Fed, gold manipulation and negative interest rates
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10 questions to ask when choosing a financial...

Not only should an IFA help clients generate, maximise and secure wealth, they should also be considered a trusted financial mentor over the long-term
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Pioneer of mutual fund industry in Indonesia

A feature on Danareksa Investment Management
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‘East Asia is a very important market for...

Interview with the CEO Nigel Green
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Portfolio management with a global perspective

McOttley Capital’s approach to creating wealth for clients in Ghana
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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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Atkins to help clients manage uncertainty in...

Launches new advisory consulting business
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Blackburn tops money transfer league in UK

Xpress Money highlights the most popular money transfer corridors in and out of the UK
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One Rock Capital Partners sells Compass...

The deal will help Italmatch Group to consolidate its position
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PSI-Pay and Kerv to launch contactless payment...

Users will be able to pay in 38 million locations worldwide
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Zapper comes up with smart payment solution

Enables stores to instantly understand and reward shoppers
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Bids for Yahoo lower than expectation

The figures in the ongoing auction process are not going beyond $3 billion
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TSYS enhances real-time fraud capabilities

Collaboration with Featurespace to provide next-generation detection
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CENX awarded Tier-1 EMEA service provider contract

Exanova Service Intelligence to orchestrate and assure on-demand services
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Drayson Technologies raises £8mn Series B round

Company aims to power Internet of Things devices using recycled wireless energy
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Tech veterans to promote product startups

Introduce Rs 125 crore fund called Ideaspring Capital
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20mn Brits believe cash will soon be extinct

Over 70% of population does not expect to be paying with cash in 5 years’ time
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Fidelity taps Alpha Factor Library

The S&P Global Market Intelligence product helps investors identify and analyse investment opportunities
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BrickVest raises £1 million

Platform has already attracted 1,120 international members
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Yahoo not ready to reveal details on bids

Reports first quarter earnings; results in line with analysts’ expectations
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Is anyone keen on Yahoo earnings?

What will be of interest will be some sort of news on the bidders’ front
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£390mn in foreign reserves languishing in...

Study suggests that millions in ‘leftover’ currency from holidays and trips abroad is discarded
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Artificial intelligence creates immense...

Cars will recognise voices and able to optimise journey
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IBM and SAP announce plans for major investments

Move will drive clients’ digital transformation
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A new kind of social post

Enables UK adults to send embedded money on social media
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Saudi Arabia cuts back its solar target

No concrete reason given; wants to concentrate on gas
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Brexit: flatex records 80,000 trades at full load

FinTech Group expects new business through financial institutions migrating from London
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Iran shifts tactics to lock in global energy...

Adopts fresh approach to crude oil blending, ropes in collaborators
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India eases FDI norms to boost employment...

Decision helps government regain investor confidence
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Brexit: Visa to visit or passport to stay?

EU ‘equivalence’ offers UK banks a narrow back door to Brexit
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IMF: Austerity measures not always good

Says benefits in terms of increased growth difficult to establish
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Iran to buy around 100 aircraft from Boeing

However, the deal may take time to come through as there are objections from various quarters
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Iran’s aviation market is waiting to be tapped

There is pent-up demand after years of sanctions but risks remain
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World Bank cuts global growth outlook

Move prompted by low commodity prices and sluggish growth in advanced economies
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Indian aviation market to be third largest by 2020

Main drivers for now are low fuel price, expanding middle class and high GDP growth
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50% of oil & gas companies in UK cut jobs

One-third of companies plan further lay-offs this year, says a report
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Ministry of Economy heads UAE team at Astana...

Representatives from private sector also participate
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OPEC meet maintains status quo

Oil output levels won’t change; members say market should influence price
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Lack of sugar forces Coca Cola to halt...

Latin American country is in the midst of one of the worst economic crisis in recent history
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Saudi is having a bearish impact on oil prices

Is defending market share and simultaneously ushering changes at home to avoid political unrest
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Oil at $50 is not a cause for concern

Experts say the quantum of price increase is not difficult to absorb
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Who will win over the Iranians?

The battle for investment opportunities has just begun as the Middle East superpower opens itself to the world
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India to be among top five in manufacturing by...

Interestingly, China may be dislodged by the US from the number one position
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Republic of Panama to host Japanese delegation

To launch negotiations on bilateral agreement
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DP world launches Sukuk in LSE

Becomes the fourth Sukuk bond to have launched this year
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Non-banking financial companies leading the way...

An update on the status of Islamic finance in India
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Oman’s appetite for Islamic finance products is...

Islamic banking assets in the Gulf nation are projected to reach 10% of total banking assets by 2018
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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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