Displaying items by tag: Islamic Finance

Since the start of the global economic crisis in 2008, financial education has been under
increased scrutiny from those dissecting what went wrong. Who, after all, had trained the
perpetrators of the crisis? Were the “masters of the universe” ever taught about ethics?
And if not, why not?

Training in Islamic finance, which was already gaining in popularity pre-crisis, has grown
from strength to strength, as it has developed a reputation as a haven of common sense
and relative security in uncertain times........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 15:36

Islamic Banking and Finance

This is evidently an extensive field of study and research much of which is bound to fall beyond the scope of the limited resources of IAIS Malaysia. Some of the basic contours of Islamic economics and commerce have already been discussed in an earlier section of this book under “Balanced Economic Development,” which is one of the ten sub-themes of the Islam Hadhari, or should one say perhaps, Tajdid Hadhari (civilisational renewal), approach.  A basic outline of developments and areas of study and research where the Institute could play a role may be presented here in the following paragraphs.......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
A Keynote address, “Islamic Finance in Malaysia: Achievements and Challenges”, - Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar, Chairman, Securities Commission Malaysia, 10 November 2011......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Monday, 30 April 2012 11:31

Asset-backed vs asset-based sukuk

Sukuk are Islamic certificates of investment. They signify co-ownership of productive resources, known as the “underlying assets.” Because income to sukukholders is generated by trading or real investment rather than mere lending, sukukholders earn profit rather than interest. As co-owners of productive assets, sukukholders face the risks of ownership. In particular, they face the risk that their assets may not generate profits or that may even incur losses. They also face the risk that the assets may be damaged or destroyed completely........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

The world in general is in search of a better financial system that, among others, can ensure more stability, efficient allocation of resources, just distribution, responsibility of investors, risk sharing, sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation.......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Friday, 29 April 2011 15:14

Sukuk: An Overview

The development of sukuk, though recent, has progressed spectacularly. The first-of-its-kind sukuk was initially launched in the year 2000 at the 11th Islamic Development Bank Annual Symposium. The main reason for the issuing of the sukuk at that time was to assist both sovereigns and corporates to have an access into the Islamic capital markets. From then onwards, it has been widely accepted that the sukuk industry has emerged as one of the main apparatuses of the Islamic financial system and has increasingly become an essential subset of the international financial system........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 14:21

Year of index outperformance

THE year 2011 was the year for (Malaysia) syariah-compliant index outperformance against all conventional
developed and emerging market country indicies and almost all frontier countries.


The Islamic finance industry has not talked up the Islamic equity capital market story, as the Islamic debt
capital market poster child, 'Sukuk,' has become the alter-ego of Islamic finance. But, does that amount to
concentration brand and business risk for a US$1 trillion (RM3.15 trillion), where Sukuk are, at best, 20 per
cent of Islamic finance?.......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:17

The year of living frugally

After three years of fault-finding, a standard script has emerged of the 2008 financial crisis that blames everything on the banks.


"Script" is not just a metaphor. Third place in the 2011 Oscar for best documentary was Inside Job, which, as the title suggests, points a stabbing finger in the eye of a conspiratorial Wall Street. The storyline is straightforward: financial firms co-opted regulators ("institutional capture", in the jargon) to let them take outrageous liberties with borrowed money, including lending to an unbelievable number of mugs who could not repay.......... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Raising funds through profit and loss sharing (PLS) has a number of advantages over borrowing at interest. Some of these benefit entrepreneurs; others benefit society. We first look at benefits to entrepreneurs.


Perhaps the most important strength of raising capital on the basis of PLS is that rewards to investors are linked to the performance of the businesses they finance. In profits and loss sharing contracts, dividends to investors depend directly on the profitability (efficiency) of the enterprise they finance............ Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

Thursday, 13 September 2012 14:32

The importance of assets in Islamic securitisation

Securitisation is an integral part of financing or the process of funding public or private expenditure. Securities are typically issued in the form of (common) shares, sukuk or bonds. Different types of securities reflect different relationships – or contracts – between counterparties. Some signify creditor/debtor relationships, such as conventional bonds, while others reflect partnership relationships, such as Islamic sukuk or common shares. The former type reward lenders with interest, while the latter reward investors with profits........... Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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