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Not all sukuk are created equal, IMF study finds

Investors treat a company's shares differently depending on the specific types of Islamic bond it issues and the reputation of the Islamic scholars who oversee the instruments, a study by the International Monetary Fund found. The s

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IMF to loan $560m to Yemen

Yemen has reached agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a $560 million loan, the finance minister said on Friday, after the government cut fuel subsidies and ordered curbs on public spending. The second poorest Arab country

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IMF agrees on $5bn credit line for Morocco

The International Monetary Fund said on Monday it will provide Morocco a $5 billion credit line to help the North African country pursue a reform agenda to achieve rapid and more inclusive economic growth. Morocco's central ba

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Saudi economic growth forecast to hit 4.6pc

Saudi Arabia's economy is likely to grow 4.6 percent this year, more than previously estimated, helped by a robust performance of the private sector, the International Monetary Fund said. "Private sector growth is expecte

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Dubai's finances stronger but still vulnerable: IMF

Dubai's ability to finance its debts has improved because of stronger economic growth and more conservative spending, but the emirate would still be vulnerable in a major dowturn of the global economy, the International Monetary Fund said.

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UAE likely to cut fiscal spending: IMF

The UAE is likely to cut its fiscal spending further in 2014 as the oil and real estate-powered economy is growing strongly and private credit growth is recovering, the IMF said. "The combined federal and emirate budgets impl

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IMF warns on Dubai real estate bubble

The strengthening real estate cycle in the UAE, particularly in the Dubai residential market, could attract increased -- and potentially destabilising -- speculative demand, spurring the risk of unsustainable price dynamics and an eventual corre

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Kuwait may face budget deficit, warns minister

Kuwait's finance minister has warned that the country will face a certain budget deficit because growth in spending has outpaced a rise in public revenues. "A budget deficit is inevitable... as the average annual growth i

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Oman non-hydrocarbon sector to grow at 5pc

Oman's public investment program is expected to help maintain the Sultanante's non-hydrocarbon growth at around 5 per cent over the medium term, an IMF statement said.   The statement followed a visit by an Internation

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Yemen in urgent need of donor aid: IMF

Yemen has a more urgent need for financial aid in 2014 than last year to fund its budget spending as currency reserves shrink and donor aid is slow to arrive, a senior International Monetary Fund official said. The impoverished Ar

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