Thursday, August 05, 2010

Thursday bullets

  • The head of Shari'ah and CEO of IIMF believe that greater transaction document standardization, like the Master Agreement on Treasury Placement released by IIFM, will benefit the industry.
  • There are a number of articles on Khazanah's S$1.5 billion ($1.1 billion) sukuk, including from Bloomberg, AsiaOne News and and Reuters.
  • The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia gave a speech at the 21st Conference of Presidents of Law Associations of Asia on Islamic finance. The full text is available as a pdf.
  • Al Rajhi Investment and Banking Corporation Malaysia Bhd, a subsidiary of the Saudi Islamic bank Al Rajhi Bank joined the Bursa Suq Al-Sila', the commodity murabaha/tawarruq platform in Malaysia.
  • An article offers a few details about the Family Bank Bahrain, an Islamic microfinance institution that is working with the Grameen Trust.
  • An article published by Zawya, written by three lawyers at King & Spalding, covers the different trends in how Islamic financial products are taxed.
  • BMB Islamic released its Global Islamic Finance Report 2010, which in addition to describing the industry's growth also acknowledges that there is a shortage of authentic data on the size, growth and performance of the institutions making up the industry.
  • The Maldive's Monetary Authority issued the first Islamic banking license to Maldives Islamic Bank Pvt. Ltd.
  • Bloomberg has another article about the potential for growth in sukuk issuance from Asia while the GCC primary markets are at their slowest pace since 2005.
  • A commenter for the Guardian Michael Tomasky takes a look at Islamic finance and realizes that the hyperbolic charges leveled against it are ridiculous on further examination.
  • An Islamic brokerage, Makaseb Islamic Financial Services, in Abu Dhabi is closing.
  • Malaysian companies Axiata Group Bhd and Malaysia Airports Holding Bhd are planning RM4.2 billion ($1.3 billion) in 7-10 year sukuk and RM3.1 billion ($981 million) in sukuk of unspecified tenor, respectively. The bulk of the Axiata sukuk will be sold to the Employees Provident Fund.

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