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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

Starbucks starts testing plant-based whipped cream

Starbucks is expanding its use of vegan offerings through its newest plant-based option. It was reported that the coffee chain giant is now testing a new whipped cream made from lentils. The new Starbucks vegan whipped...

Amazon fulfills giveaway pledge for vaccinated workers by handing out new cars and $100,000 payouts

Amazon handed out cash and free cars to its warehouse workers who already received their doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. It was reported that the e-commerce and tech firm gave away $100,000 cash bonuses this month for...

McDonald's revamping Happy Meal toys to be eco-friendly

McDonalds revealed earlier this week that it would make significant changes to its Happy Meal toys in an effort to cut the use of plastic. The fast-food chains meal package for kids always comes with a toy, and they are...

Freddie Mercury NFTs up for auction for AIDS charity

Four non-fungible token (NFT) artworks inspired by the late Freddie Mercury of band Queen are being auctioned off for charity to mark the British singer-songwriters 75th birthday. Three of the NFTs show an image of...

Politics

Capitol insurrection: Michael Flynn's private security force reportedly on the ground on January 6

Several key individuals of the Trump administration and of the former president himself are emerging as links to the Capitol insurrection last January 6. A report revealed that Michael Flynns private security force was...

Joe Biden says US will donate additional 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

This week, US President Joe Biden hosted a COVID-19 summit amongst his counterparts. At the virtual event, Biden pledged that the US will donate an additional 500 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to other...

Mary Trump weighs in on latest lawsuit by uncle Donald Trump

This week, former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump and the New York Times. Ms. Trump appeared to shrug the latest lawsuit against her by her uncle, saying that this is the norm within the...

Kamala Harris immigration: VP blasts expulsion of Haitian migrants from border

To this day, thousands of migrants are still at the southern border of the US, looking to enter the country even in the midst of the pandemic. This week, US Vice President Kamala Harris blasted the recent incidents of...

Science

UK industry group warns CO2 crisis poses a risk of meat shortage

An industry group has warned of carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage in the UK within the week due to a sharp rise in gas prices that could result in meat supply issues. The gas price hie has forced domestic energy suppliers...

S. Korea's POSCO, Hyundai to use oyster shell waste for steelmaking

S. Korean steelmakers POSCO and Hyundai Steel Co. will start using oyster shells as a secondary base material for producing steel. Both firms have been developing a recycling technology with a local oyster shell...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kg to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Kumho Petrochemical to produce eco-friendly rubber compound out of rice bran

Kumho Petrochemical Co. will produce an eco-friendly synthetic rubber compound made of rice bran-based bio-silica. Silica improves fuel efficiency, braking power, and wear resistance of synthetic rubber for...

Technology

Surface Duo 2 to ship to more countries next month

The anticipated Surface Duo 2 is now available for pre-order with a confirmed retail launch next month. However, like its predecessor, the new dual-display device will be shipped in select markets only. Surface Duo 2...

Nintendo announces next ‘Direct’ showcase happening on September 23

Nintendo surprised fans this week with the announcement of the next Nintendo Direct showcase. While the video game company has announced when and where fans can watch the presentation, gamers are still left guessing what...

Best Buy restocks PS5, Xbox Series X/S in-store on September 23

Best Buy has officially announced it is having an in-store restock of PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles later this week. The major retailer, however, noted that there are only limited quantities available. In an...

Orca joins ‘Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate’ development

Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate will be the next main title installment for the popular Japanese role-playing game series from Square Enix. While details about the game, its plot, and features are still very scarce,...
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