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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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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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VPBank offers preferential loans

The interest rate is 6.99%
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Bupa Arabia wins accolades for CSR programme

Awards encourage the bank in its CSR initiatives
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Coutts appoints new MD for Western European,...

Prior to joining Coutts, John Saunders spent five years at Barclays Wealth
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Corporate sustainability: No more a charity...

Companies are realising that businesses grow only if all the stake holders around it grow; be it employees, customers, stockholders or the environment
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In Monopoly move, Sahara chairman offers hotel...

Subrata Roy has been incarcerated after running afoul of a number of India’s financial regulations
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More than half of all professionals worldwide...

Interview with Nishant Rao, managing director, LinkedIn India
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The new LCIA arbitration rules: A change for...

The previous rules, introduced in 1998, form the basis of the 2014 Rules
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‘The debt problem in China is not hype’

American economist James Rickards says collapse of the debt and property bubble there could well be the catalyst for a global economic crisis
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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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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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NDBIB dominates investment banking space in Sri...

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

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

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

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

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

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

While one of the main objectives of QE is to stimulate inflation to prevent deflation, too much inflation could be an unintentional outcome.
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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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Reciprocity Law in Turkey

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

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

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

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

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

The key players in the Swiss financial centre are the banks, and their core business is wealth management.
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WhoTrades wants to be No 1 in Latin America

The global online broker will leverage the reliability of its operation and advanced technologies
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Holders of high yield bonds floundering

Hit by the fall in oil prices
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Tough time ahead for oil companies

While big players are streamlining operations, smaller ones look to get acquired
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Mobile payments: Trends in 2015

Experts are predicting that more and more consumers will take to mobile banking as the under-banked look for a better online shopping experience
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Exploring digital payments at Money 20/20

The 2014 event in Las Vegas offered the chance to meet with just about anyone who counts in financial technology
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Islamic finance must embrace technology faster

Change is the key driving force in a complex global financial ecosystem. This change is mainly based on continuing advances in technology
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Oil trade: No sign of prices going up

Some analysts claim that OPEC will not last more than 50 years
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Americans being served cards with chips

Following several breaches, US companies are forced to offer credit cards with greater security features
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Should you trust mobile banking?

It’s helpful provided you are careful on how you use access to the internet
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Facebook announces change in research policy

This comes after they published a study that turned into a PR disaster
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eBay to spin off PayPal

Earlier this year, management decided against the separation
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Scottish independence: The question of your data

If Scotland becomes independent, what does that mean for UK data sovereignty?
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Home Depot’s payment system breached

Could potentially impact customers using payment cards at its US and Canadian stores
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Five interesting FinTech start-ups to watch for

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

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

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

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

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

Charting tools enable traders to view historical data on price movements, pinpoint trends and identify key price points to enter and exit a trade.
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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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Amid unrest, Egypt’s entrepreneurs fueling...

The north African nation is in the race to be the fastest growing entrepreneurial hub in the world
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ECB’s quantitative easing: Blessing or curse?

TeleTrade believes that the decision will delay economic reforms by Eurozone members
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Saudi Arabia moving away from oil

The Saudi government is making all efforts possible to increase share of the manufacturing industry
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Don’t expect cheap birthday presents if you...

Administration uses licensing rules to save foreign exchange and shield local industries
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ECB puts €1.1 trillion on the table

ING analyst Carsten Brzeski believes that the European Central Bank has played its last trump card
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An unhappy New Year for Argentina

It is entangled in a legal battle with hedge funds that bought its debt on the cheap during the 2001 crisis
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Hope for Cuba’s oil industry

It is the result of the thaw in relations with the US
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Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority ushers in...

Since being set up in 2005, it has invested AED 1bn in developing 30mn square metre of land in its Al Hamra and Al Ghail industrial parks
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Everest Industries picks RAKIA for first...

Will invest in 750,000 sqft manufacturing facility in Al Ghail industrial park
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Japan dips into recession

GDP shrank 1.6% on an annualised basis as firms held back on capital investment
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Argentina: Russia’s new market

The South American country is in a good position to capitalise on President Putin’s embargo on food imports from Europe and Western nations
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Decoding China’s debt

Falling home sales and foreign investment adding to woes
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West Bank’s boycott of Israeli products does...

There are not enough alternatives for Palestinian consumers
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Warning of global slowdown

20% of the countries that tapped into the World Bank’s fund for the poorest yet to show any growth
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Kenya rings in competition

From price wars, buy outs to intrigues over thin SIM technology. Has the telecom sector finally come of age?
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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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Scotland –Opening Opportunities For Islamic...

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

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