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Banking with zero per cent interest

22 Dec 2008 07:44 The US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan have lowered interest rates to almost zero per cent. What is quite rare in conventional banking, however, is the norm in Islamic banks. But the Islamic Finance industry currently also finds itself hosta...

Are Islamic banks the financial institutions of the future?

30 Nov 2008 12:42 With the search underway for a new monetary system for the post-financial crisis era, Islamic banking gains a new reputation for stability.    

Bank Sarasin aims to lead in Islamic Wealth Management

23 Nov 2008 13:51 Over the last decades, Sarasin has become known for sustainable investment and private banking. Now, the Basel-based bank with branches in Dubai, Doha and Manama aims to repeat its success in Islamic Finance.    

Saudi Arabia sees launch of Islamic real estate

26 Oct 2008 10:22 Saudi Arabia’s Sumou Holding and Geneva-based Encore Management have launched the first Islamic Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) for the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia. This Saudi-Swiss joint-venture may change the real estate landscape in the GCC. &...

Why short-selling is Haram

08 Oct 2008 09:03 Amid the financial crisis, the US stock market regulator SEC banned short selling on September 24, but it aims to lift this ban on Thursday, October 9. In Islamic Finance, however, 'to go short' will always be Haram.    

Islamic finance in society

16 Sep 2008 12:35 Collecting donations and spending for the most in need is not just a seasonal activity during Ramadan, but one of the five pillars of Islam. Charity or Zakat is also an integral part of Islamic finance principles.    

Pakistan: The causeway for Islamic Finance

26 Aug 2008 11:27 With General Pervez Musharraf having stepped down as president of Pakistan, analysts are waiting to see what effect this has on the country's economy. Pakistan could play a key role in the Islamic Finance sector.      ...

The secret of Takaful's success

10 Aug 2008 12:36 On August 4 DFM welcomed Takaful House, a provider of Islamic Insurances, as the sixty-third public joint stock company to be listed. AME info examines the drivers behind the fastest growing segment in Islamic Finance.     &nb...

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