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Islamic bond supply/demand gap to peak in 2014

A gap between global supply and demand for Islamic bonds is likely to peak in 2014 and then shrink gradually for several years as issuance grows, a study by Thomson Reuters predicted. Potential demand for sukuk among cash-rich Isl

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Egypt approves law to issue Islamic bonds

Egypt has approved a draft law to allow sovereign Islamic bonds (sukuk), the country's finance minister said on Wednesday, as the government searches for new ways to finance an unsustainable budget deficit. The Islamist-led ad

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Qatar to issue up to $4bn in sukuk

Qatar plans to issue up to $4 billion in Islamic bonds, or sukuk, through two companies that the Gulf state will set up through a decree issued by the Crown Prince, local daily Al Watan newspaper said on Monday. Qatar, the world's biggest

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Saudi investors 'warm to Goldman sukuk'

Saudi investors are warming to a sale of $2 billion of Islamic bonds by US investment bank Goldman Sachs, banking sources told Reuters, lending support to a sukuk which has run into controversy over whether it complied with Islamic principles.

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Turkey's Albaraka postpones sukuk issue

The Turkish unit of Bahrain's Albaraka Banking Group said on Thursday it had postponed a planned issue of Islamic bonds, saying the yields investors expected were too high.      "Because of the negative environmen

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Oman may issue sukuk says cbank head

Oman may in future consider issuing Islamic bonds or sukuk, the country's central bank head Hamood Sangour Al-Zadjali said on Monday.      Al-Zadjali was speaking at a financial forum in Kuwait. Oman opened its do

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First Gulf Bank raises $650m from 5-year bond

UAE lender First Gulf Bank  raised $650 million from the sale of five-year Islamic bonds, or sukuk, on Tuesday, in a significantly oversubscribed deal that benefited from solid global demand for Sharia-compliant paper.  The suku

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Islamic bond sales seen set for revival

A recent spate of Islamic bond issues in the Gulf region is setting up the fledging sector for a strong second half of 2011, as borrowers look to benefit from attractive pricing and improving investor sentiment. The flurry of activity, inc

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Sukuk market set to rebound says report

The sukuk market may well be set to bounce back after suffering badly in the global financial downturn. The value of sukuk has jumped 61 per cent in the past year, according to a research by Trowers & Hamlins, the international law fir

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Global sukuk issuance set to recover in a year

Global issuance of Islamic bonds will take another year to reach pre-crisis levels as new markets in Europe and Asia have yet to make up for the slump in the Gulf, said advisory firm Deloitte's head of Islamic Finance. Underwritten iss

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