Tuesday, June 05, 2007

UK Islamic home financing, real estate fund & takaful

Since April 6, 2007, the U.K. Financial Services Authority has regulated the Islamic mortgage market in the U.K. and the regulation has created significant growth in the industry.

HDG Mansur, a US & UK property investment company is planning to raise funds for Shari'ah-compliant real estate investments in Western countries. The fund, Al-Umran Global Property Fund aims to have a portfolio between $1.2 billion and $2.0 billion within a year.

According to Standard & Poor's, the regulatory environment in Malaysia lowers the industry risk of the takaful industry compared with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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