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Thoughts on Iran’s Toxic Banking Assets

Thoughts on Iran’s Toxic Banking Assets
Imagine that your bank’s bad loans totalled 15% of its balance sheet. What conclusion would you draw? The bank lacks credit control, customers are dishonest, rates are exorbitant, or the marke...
Abdulkader Thomas | March 16, 2016 |

UK Government Sukuk & the Daily Mail

UK Government Sukuk & the Daily Mail
I wonder what people are thinking. On January 29th, The Daily Mail screamed “Revealed: The government buildings sold off by the Treasury as part of the secret Islamic bond scheme and now op...
Abdulkader Thomas | February 27, 2016 |

Factors That Drive Investment In Turkey

Factors That Drive Investment In Turkey
Over the last decade the Turkish economy has been one of the most vibrant economies in the world, more than doubling its GDP to over US$ 800 billion. This internationalisation has been mainly led by...
IB Insights | February 24, 2016 |

Aramco and Gulf Wealth De-distribution

Aramco and Gulf Wealth De-distribution
Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical Company (SATORP), in Jubail on the east coast of Saudi Arabia.In a recent interview with the Economist, Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and head of the S...
Emad Mostaque | January 15, 2016 |

Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Waking up the Sleeping Giant

Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Waking up the Sleeping Giant
Financial institutions have a largely untapped market in Indonesia’s “digitally enabled but unbanked” population. Providers with digital capabilities are particularly well placed t...
Jonathan Lawrence | January 11, 2016 |

Bai Al-Salam, Sukuk & Hydrocarbon Rich Countries

Bai Al-Salam, Sukuk & Hydrocarbon Rich Countries
Hydrocarbon-rich countries have two reconcilable challenges. In the current low price environment, their budgets are under pressure. Typically, these countries control hydrocarbon ownership and distri...
Abdulkader Thomas | December 24, 2015 |

Why the Islamic Finance Industry is Failing to Evolve

Why the Islamic Finance Industry is Failing to Evolve
Yangon, Myanmar - Islamic finance expanding into non-OIC countries. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.If anyone attended the recent Deloitte-IRTI/IDB workshop, I owe you an apology. I know, I was...
Harris Irfan | December 08, 2015 |

How oil can get back to triple digits by 2017

How oil can get back to triple digits by 2017
Chances of an upside shock to oil prices are growing. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.After years of being too high, oil forecasts now appear too low. As supply rolls over we could see prices back at...
Emad Mostaque | December 04, 2015 |

Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Past, Present and Future

Islamic Finance in Indonesia: Past, Present and Future
This insight aims to highlight new rules governing the Islamic finance sector in Indonesia and the enhanced role of the National Shariah Board, to set out the current state of the market including o...
Jonathan Lawrence | December 02, 2015 |

Solar Sukuk Lights the Way to Alternative Funding Sources: Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia Working Together

Solar Sukuk Lights the Way to Alternative Funding Sources: Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia Working Together
Solar Sukuk shows the way forward in alternative financing solutions. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.This article was originally published on 17 March 2015 by Rebecca Clow and Jo...
Jonathan Lawrence | November 21, 2015 |