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January 14, 2020

This article was first published in Islamic Finance news Volume 17 Issue 1 dated the 8th January 2020 Sukuk are useful instruments, both for issuers as well as investors. They can be an alternative source of funds for governments and...

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December 16, 2019

This article was first published in Islamic Finance news Volume 16 Issue 48 dated the 4th December 2019 Given the systemic importance and the pivotal role played by banks in a country’s economy, banking regulations are of paramount importance for...

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December 4, 2019

Investors look at various parameters to understand and evaluate a company’s attractiveness. One such item in the balance sheet is the level of cash that a company holds. If the cash balance has been consistently growing, it is generally considered...

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November 21, 2019

This article was originally published in Islamic Finance News (IFN). Maturity transformation is the primary business of banks and which by definition is the conversion of a bank’s short-term liabilities into longer-term investments through loans and advances. The very nature...

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November 17, 2019

Cost of remittance varies across GCC countries and is dependent both on the source and destination. Based on the average remittance cost across MTOs, it is observed that operators involved in transferring money from Qatar and Saudi Arabia have the...

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October 16, 2019

Bond markets in the GCC witnessed a pick-up in debt issuances during the first half of 2019 after a subdued close in the last two quarters of 2018. The rise in oil prices during the first nine months of 2018...

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October 9, 2019

Customers are increasingly expecting certain advantages when they shop, travel and handle their finances such as digital access, personalization, loyalty tracking and no touch transactions. In a relatively new trend, customers have similar expectations when they dine as well. Restaurant...

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September 30, 2019

Digital ride sharing platforms are placed within the wider framework of an emerging disruptive model that is referred to as the sharing economy. Sharing Economy refers to the business model that operates through an online platform that facilitates consumer to...

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September 19, 2019

This article was orginally published in Islamic Finance News (IFN). Liquidity management has been a key element for banking, be it conventional or Islamic. However, the main difference between the two lies in the tools each of them can use...

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September 15, 2019

The term liquidity is defined as the banks’ ability to fund rising assets and to meet its obligations on time. Therefore, when banks are unable to perform the primary tasks of funding assets and paying its obligations, it faces liquidity...

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