Malaysia

Tatarstan set for debut sukuk

Work on the feasibility study on the sukuk origination is set to start this month, after the President Rustam Minnikhanov of the Russian republic of Tatarstan has visited Malaysia in December and the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Kuala Lumpur between the Tatarstan government, the local IFC Linova, Malaysia's Amanah Raya Berhad Group and Kuwait Finance House Malaysia (KFH Malaysia).

'M’sia has a clear lead in Islamic capital market’

The nation’s Islamic capital market is seen as being intelligently positioned within the evolving Islamic financial-services industry.
As one of the panel members at the 17th Annual World Islamic Banking Conference 2010 (WIBC 2010) in Manama, Bahrain, Zakariya cited two key factors that must be taken into consideration when tackling legal constraints namely the competency of the civil courts in hearing Islamic banking and finance cases, as well as the adherence to a recognised body such as the Syariah Advisory Council of Bank Negara, or Securities Commission of Malaysia.

Malaysia's central bank still reviewing Islamic mega bank bids

Bank Negara Malaysia is offering up to two new Islamic banking licences to foreign firms to set up banks with at least $1 billion of paid-up capital. The industry hopes that this will spur more lending and create bigger Islamic banks that can compete with global lenders.
Bankers say the bid to create a well-capitalised Islamic bank has been fraught with difficulties such as a struggle to raise sufficient capital and disagreement as to where the lender should be located.

Malaysia, Yemen, Gulf Investment, France: Islamic Bond Alert

The following borrowers are expected to sell Islamic bonds: MALAYSIA, YEMEN, DUBAI, GULF INVESTMENT CORP., FRANCE, SAUDI INTERNATIONAL PETROCHEMICAL CO., GENERAL ELECTRIC CO., PALESTINE MONETARY AUTHORITY, NAKHEEL PJSC, SABAH CREDIT CORP., CREDIT AGRICOLE SA, NOOR ISLAMIC BANK, NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK, KPJ HEALTHCARE BHD., EMIRATES TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., SENEGAL, ALBARAKA BANKING GROUP., ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANK, THAILAND, KNM GROUP BHD., CAGAMAS BHD., SAUDI ARABIAN OIL CO., GAMUDA BHD., EGYPT, PT BANK MUAMALAT INDONESIA, SENAI-DESARU EXPRESSWAY BHD., MALAYSIA DEBT VENTURES BHD, INDONESIA, TURKEY, KAZAKHSTAN, PHILIPPINES, SAUDI ELECTRICITY CO., EMIRATES INTEGRATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO., LAFARGE MALAYAN CEMENT BHD..

Sukuk Beating Emerging-Market Bonds for the Second Month

Islamic bonds are outperforming emerging-market debt for a second month as new note sales rebound, Malaysia boosts spending on roads and power plants and confidence returns to the Persian Gulf.
Islamic debt sales increased 34 percent in the second half compared with the first six months.

Shariah-Compliant Hedging Derivatives Start in Malaysia

Standard Chartered Plc and Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd. plan to offer Shariah-compliant derivatives in Malaysia that will allow investors to hedge against interest rates and commodity prices.
Bank Islam Malaysia, the country’s oldest Islamic lender, will offer swaps that allow two parties to exchange different forms of payments from an underlying asset. Standard Chartered, the U.K. bank that earns most of its profit from emerging markets, will begin selling contracts in the first quarter that provide protection from fluctuations in the cost of items such as rice and oil.

Great Eastern Takaful Launched in Malaysia

Great Eastern Takaful Sdn. Bhd. as commenced business in Malaysia.
Malaysia-based Great Eastern Takaful offers comprehensive takaful, or Islam-compliant insurance products and services, with the aim to achieve 180 million ringgit (US$57.2 million) in total weighted contributions for its first year.
In September, Bank Negara granted new licenses for family takaful to four joint venture entities led by foreign and local insurance and financial companies. The four new family takaful licences were granted to joint ventures led by Great Eastern, ING Groep NV, American International Assurance Bhd. and AMMB Holdings Bhd.

NBAD Issues 500 Million Malaysian Ringgit Sukuk

The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) has successfully issued its second ever Sukuk (Islamic bonds) in Malaysia. The bond issue was for 500 million ringgit and was issued under NBAD’s MYR Medium Term Notes (MTN) 3 billion programme. The transaction has a strong distribution across a wide investor base with a breakdown of fund managers 33%, insurance companies 27%, financial institutions 10%, and other corporations 30%.

Colleges Expanding Shariah Courses Amid Scholar Shortage

Universities are expanding Islamic finance courses as demand for professionals qualified in Shariah law outstrips supply in the $1 trillion industry.
After enrollment for its general program in finance complying with Muslim tenets tripled in the past year, the International Islamic University of Malaysia plans to start postgraduate courses specializing in Shariah-compliant capital markets, banking and insurance. La Trobe University in Melbourne, which started classes this year, is working with officials in Malaysia to offer industry-recognized qualifications.

Colleges Expanding Shariah Courses Amid Scholar Shortage

Universities are expanding Islamic finance courses as demand for professionals qualified in Shariah law outstrips supply in the $1 trillion industry.
After enrollment for its general program in finance complying with Muslim tenets tripled in the past year, the International Islamic University of Malaysia plans to start postgraduate courses specializing in Shariah-compliant capital markets, banking and insurance. La Trobe University in Melbourne, which started classes this year, is working with officials in Malaysia to offer industry-recognized qualifications.

Malaysia pushing for Islamic finance legal framework

Many jurisdictions are interested in Islamic finance and have taken initiatives to develop the industry through reviewing their legal framework to facilitate the introduction of a range of Islamic financial products, including more recently France, Ireland, Australia, Jordan, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea and Lebanon.
One of the key determinants for the successful development of Islamic finance in any jurisdiction is the existence of a conducive legal framework that supports the operations and growth of the industry.

IDB lists on Bursa First multilateral bank to put sukuk programme on exchange

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) this morning listed its trust certificate issuance programme or sukuk programme on Bursa Malaysia.
The conferment is given to foreigncurrency denominated issuances with a focus to provide greater visibility to the Malaysian market in raising funds by local and foreign corporations.

Malaysia launches first Islamic property investment trust

Malaysia's government-owned Pelaburan Hartanah Bumiputra launched a 317-billion-dollar investment trust in order to encourage its majority Muslim Malays to invest more in property.
The sharia-compliant Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) would allow Muslim Malays and indigenous groups to increase their stake in real estate assets.

Dubai’s Malaysia Sukuk Hampered by No Rating

The government hired CIMB Investment Bank Bhd., a Kuala Lumpur-based unit of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd. as a lead manager to sell between $1 billion and $1.5 billion of the securities.
This sell won't however appeal to most local funds unless the emirate obtains a rating.
Dubai is tapping international debt markets to raise funds as the government and state-controlled companies grapple to service borrowings that Barclays Capital estimated in a September report at about $112 billion.

Malaysia’s Borrowing Costs Fall in Final Sukuk Sale

The government sold 3 billion ringgit ($952 million) of Shariah-compliant notes due 2020 at an average yield of 3.998 percent, Bank Negara Malaysia announced on its website. Demand exceeded the amount of debt offered by 2.46 times.
It can be seen more demand arising from more Islamic banks operating in Malaysia, as well as a spillover from foreign investors.

Dubai said to hire CIMB for sukuk sale in Malaysia

Dubai's government has hired CIMB Investment Bank Bhd as a lead arranger to help sell Islamic bonds in Malaysia. The plan is still being discussed and timing of the sale hasn't been decided.

Islamic finance liquidity body to issue sukuk in '11

A new global Islamic liquidity management corporation backed by central banks will start issuing Islamic bonds next year to help Islamic banks manage their liquidity.
The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) said in October it would set up the International Islamic Liquidity Management Corporation to issue sharia-compliant instruments.
The liquidity management company will be backed by 11 central banks, including Malaysia, Iran and Turkey and some Gulf states and is expected to have up to $1 billion in authorised capital.

Sukuk Trails Emerging Debt as Falling Issuance Saps Trade

Islamic bonds rose this week extending two quarters of underperformance relative to emerging-market securities, on concern slumping sales will reduce trading.
Sales of Islamic bonds dropped this year as defaults, debt restructuring and falling property prices in the Middle East hurt investor confidence. Issuance from Malaysia, the world’s biggest sukuk market, fell 31 percent as companies cut infrastructure spending following last year’s recession.

Investors Pouring Into Malaysia Means Bonds Beating Bills

Investors are favoring Malaysia’s Islamic bonds over shorter-term bills as overseas funds increase holdings in the world’s biggest sukuk market,curbing therefore the inflation.
Inflation, cooled in September, enabled Bank Negara to avoid raising borrowing costs in the next few months.

Takaful Malaysia May Consider Intellectual Capital From Foreign Partners

Kumpulan Takaful Malaysia may consider getting "intellectual capital" from foreign partners.
Mohamed Hassan said Takaful Malaysia was adequately capitalised but it could use some intellectual capital such as technical support, especially in the finance area.
The Indonesian operation contributed about five per cent to the total revenue but has potential in terms of growth.

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