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In this series, we aim to provide the latest news from the Islamic Financial Sector: from emerging Islamic economies across Africa and Asia to industry leaders such as Malaysia and the GCC along with developed nations in Europe and the Americas seeking to enter the sector.

Islamic Finance Series

Islamic fintech startup Yielders gets UK’s regulatory approval

Apr 11, 2017 10:24 am UTC| Fintech

London-based fintech startup Yielders has become the first Islamic financial firm to gain UKs regulatory approval, Reuters reported. Yielders is an equity-based crowdfunding platform for the UK property investment. The...

Islamic Finance Series

Moody's: Prospects remain robust for Islamic finance despite subdued sukuk issuance

Sep 21, 2016 00:44 am UTC| Research & Analysis

New sukuk issuance continues to remain subdued in 2016, but growth prospects for the Islamic finance sector are still strong, says Moodys Investors Service in a report published today. Growth in the Islamic banking...

Islamic Finance Series

Is Islamic banking more risky compared to conventional banking?

Jul 28, 2016 02:30 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Islamic banks are less risky and more resilient than their counter parts in terms of bank capital requirement and mobilisation of deposits. Somewhat perversely, the global financial crisis presented a big opportunity to...

Islamic Finance Series

Islamic mutual fund increases social impact with trade finance investments

Feb 23, 2016 14:54 pm UTC| Business

FALLS CHURCH, VA., Feb. 23, 2016 -- Azzad Asset Management today announced that it has further magnified the social impact of its flagship mutual fund by adding investments in ethical trade finance deals. These...

Islamic Finance Series

Fitch: Islamic Finance in Malaysia: An Evolved Sector

Feb 18, 2016 02:02 am UTC| Research & Analysis

Malaysia is leading the global Islamic finance industry in terms of regulation, standardisation and sukuk issuance, representing more than half of issuance worldwide in 2015, Fitch Ratings says in a new...

Islamic Finance Series

Moody's changes Malaysia's Macro Profile to Strong- from Strong; BCAs of 12 Malaysian financial institutions remain unchanged

Jan 29, 2016 08:51 am UTC| Research & Analysis

Moodys changed the Macro Profile for Malaysia to "Strong-" from "Strong", to reflect the deteriorating operating environment for the Malaysian banks, in particular in the countrys heightened external vulnerabilities given...

Islamic Finance Series

Moody's: Outlook for Malaysian banking system stable, despite challenging operating environment

May 26, 2015 08:24 am UTC| Research & Analysis

Moodys Investors Service says that the outlook for the Malaysian banking system is stable over the next 12-18 months. Moodys has maintained a stable outlook on this system since May 2013. "The key drivers of our stable...

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Economy

German bunds suffer after Q1 GDP remains unchanged; eyes on ECB’s account of monetary policy meeting

The German bunds suffered during European session Thursday after the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of this year, released early today, remained unchanged. Investors will now be focusing on the...

New Zealand’s April trade surplus remains stronger than market expectations; NZD/USD trades tad higher

New Zealands April trade surplus of NZD263 million was stronger than expected with broad-based strength across most sectors.By market, the Great China region was again influential, but there remains broader based support...

New Zealand bonds jump at close tracking U.S. cousin on solid rise in safe-haven demand post hawkish FOMC May meeting minutes

New Zealand bonds jumped at the time of closing, tracking similar movement in the U.S. counterpart, as investors flocked into safe-haven instruments after the release of the Federal Reserves May monetary policy meeting...

Malaysian headline inflation rises slightly in April, BNM likely to keep OPR on hold at 3.25 pct through 2018

Malaysian headline inflation strengthened slightly on a year-on-year basis in April. On a sequential basis, the inflation remained the same. The CPI index rose slightly to 1.4 percent year-on-year in April from 1.3 percent...

U.S. composite PMI reaches 3-month high on solid acceleration in overall business activity

The United States composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reached to its highest in three months, remaining well above the 50-point no-change mark that demarcates expansion from contraction, largely owing to the solid...

Politics

The first terrorist act in Indonesian prison: the triggers and how to prevent them

Indonesia witnessed another terrorist act last week. But, this time, it occurred in a maximum-security detention centre located at the polices Mobile Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. More than 150 terrorist...

Would America vote for Oprah for president?

America has had a black president. Is the country ready for a black president who is also a woman? Speculation about the candidacy of Oprah Winfrey makes clear that some voters think so. Granted, Winfrey says she...

Lawyers keep secrets locked up – so they get asked to do the dirty work

Lawyers seem to at the center of lot of scandals lately. President Donald Trumps personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel were raided by the FBI, is only the latest example. Harvey Weinsteins law firm...

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

There has been a lot of talk in foreign policy circles of the coming post-American world in which the international system will transition from a unipolar to a multipolar system. But, as we currently stand, the US remains...

Debate: On secularism in the 21st century

In January 2018 the French commemorated the Charlie Hebdo attacks that occurred three years earlier. The expression of American solidarity then toward the victims in France was quick and unwavering just as it was in the...

Science

Scientists Just Found A Black Hole That Is Eating Everything In Its Path

Black holes are some of the most terrifying subjects in the realm of science. Not only do they offer a glimpse into the raw power that is present in the universe, they also invoke undefinable terror in those who imagine...

Salt Could Prevent Hearing Loss After An Explosion

In movies, whenever a bomb goes off or an explosion occurs, there is that iconic moment where sounds are muffled and there is a high-pitched ring that pervades the whole scene. While films can go over-the-top with regards...

Scientists Want To Make Dogs Live Longer

Dogs are some of the most endearing creatures on the planet and one of the most tragic things about them is their short lives, at least when compared to humans. Depending on the breed, they can live from 7 to 15 years, on...

700,000-Year-Old Find Proves Early Humans Settled The Philippines Longer Than Previously Thought

Archeologists recently made a monumental discovery in the Philippines that pushes back the earliest period of human settlement in the region that was previously thought by over 600,000 years. Rhino bones and tools that...

States Sue EPA Over Rollbacks Of Environmental Protection Regulations

The Trump administration might not believe in climate change and could not care less about the environment, but the rest of the US does. This is why 18 states so far are now suing the Environmental Protection Agency for...

Technology

Hackers Attack Verge; $1.7 Million Taken

The blockchain technology has been praised for many reasons. However, similar to all things, it isnt a perfect platform and is still vulnerable to hackers. And these hackers have struck again, with their skill-set aimed...

Congressmen Call Out FCC's Ajit Pai Over 'Repeated Evasive Responses' on Net Neutrality and Other Inquiries

Several members of the 115th U.S. Congress recently sent a formal letter to Federal Communications Commission chair Ajit Pai calling out his repeated evasive responses regarding net neutrality and other issues. In a...

'PUBG' Xbox One's May 2018 Update Brings 'Miramar' Map to Console

Months after the early access release of PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds on Xbox One, developers are finally bringing the Miramar map to console gamers. PUBG has become a very familiar title across the global gaming...

IBM to Expand Blockchain Research Division

The explosion of blockchain technology has created a high-paying job market thats paying around $130,000 to $150,000 annually. In 2012, companies researching this innovation have been collectively handed over $2 billion....

Cryptocurrency’s Allure Explained by Nobel Prize Economist

One would only need to read a history book to know that alternative currency has been around for ages. Today, that alternative comes in the form of digital currency proliferating in the mainstream market. This is the...
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