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UAE regulator cuts minimum sukuk size, eases securities borrowing

Reuters – The United Arab Emirates’ financial market regulator has set new rules for Islamic and corporate bonds to encourage trading in them, and amended rules on securities lending and borrowing to make it easier for foreign institutions to operate. The changes are part of plans to introduce at least two new rules covering the …

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Islamic finance body IIFM eyes first sukuk standard

Reuters – The Bahrain-based International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) will develop its first standard contract template for sukuk (Islamic bonds), and aims to double the number of its standards as early as next year, its chief executive told Reuters. A standard for leasing-based sukuk will be developed first by the IIFM, a non-profit industry body …

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Dubai to sell 15-year benchmark sukuk Tuesday

Reuters – The government of Dubai plans to sell a benchmark-sized, US dollar-denominated sukuk with a lifespan of 15 years on Tuesday, a document from lead managers said. Initial price thoughts on the Islamic bond have been set between 5% and 5.125%, the document said. Benchmark size is traditionally understood to mean at least $500m. …

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Dubai to challenge London with Islamic financing platform

Reuters – Dubai will compete with London for a share of Islamic banks’ liquidity management business by offering a new platform for murabaha trading. Many Islamic banks around the world manage their short-term funds with murabaha, in which one bank acquires merchandise and another agrees to buy it at a mark-up. Traditionally, banks from the …

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Saudi retailer Alhokair eyes US, UK buys; plans debut sukuk

Reuters – Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co., the Saudi retailer which franchises brands such as Zara and Marks and Spencer in the kingdom, is studying three to five acquisition targets in the United States and United Kingdom, a company official said on Monday. The firm, the largest listed retailer on the Saudi stock market, also aims …

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Luxembourg bill for debut sukuk to take 2-5 months to pass

Reuters – Luxembourg’s parliament could pass a bill as soon as two months from now to facilitate its first issue of sovereign sukuk, though an upcoming budget vote may delay approval for five months, a legislative official told Reuters. Last month, the Luxembourg government presented a bill to parliament to allow the securitisation of assets …

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Bahrain aims for new business with Takaful, sukuk rules

Reuters – Bahrain’s central bank will release a new regulatory framework for Islamic insurance (takaful) this quarter, in an overhaul of standards which the regulator hopes will attract new business in a sector it helped to pioneer. The kingdom has been a major hub for Islamic finance in the Gulf but in the last few …

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