Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Oman - A sukuk shortage and housing shortage

As Islamic banks and windows enter Oman's housing finance market, they have the opportunity to use the shortage of Omani sukuk to benefit the entire market without creating too much risk for the government.  For example, with a government guarantee, the risk should be covered by the originators through fees in exchange and limits on the eligible mortgages to ensure it can be targeted specifically at the segments of the market where supply is the most lagging of demand.

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