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Amiri Shari’ah Stock Screening ‘S3’ Blackberry App released

Amiri S3 is Amiri Capital’s Shari'ah Screening System. The company says it is the first such system to have been issued a Fatwa on its own right. Amiri S3 is now downloadable as an application on to Blackberry phones. The application is an easy-to-use tool that allows Islamic investors worldwide to ascertain whether a particular stock can be invested in from a list of over 40,000 global stocks.

Take Islamic finance to greater heights

LOCAL financial institutions have been urged to widen their product and services offerings in Islamic finance to command greater premiums at home and abroad.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said the local institutions have a duty to champion the nation's cause to take the Islamic finance industry to its highest possible level.
He also urged the domestic players to capitalise on the country's established brand name in the field of Islamic finance.
He noted that the capabilities of institutions such as Tabung Haji - one of the world's first Islamic fund management institutions - must be expanded by partnering with foreign brand names, if need be.

Islamic Venture Capital Conference To Update Investors On Market Trends

The two-day Third Islamic Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference beginning Tuesday would act as a platform for venture capitalists and private equity investors to keep them updated with global market trends and Islamic alternative investments in the region.
This year's conference would focus on ways to develop a sustainable Islamic venture capital and private equity industry as well as analyse the vast opportunities ahead.
The conference will be opened by Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

[German] - Steuerliche Wuerdigung islamischer Vertragsmodelle - Neuerscheinung im Bankverlag

Steuerliche Würdigung im nationalen und internationalen Kontext

Der Markt Islamic Finance wächst rasant und umfasst bereits heute ein erhebliches Anlagevolumen. Demgegenüber besteht ein großer Kapitalbedarf in der europäischen, speziell auch in der deutschen Realwirtschaft ebenso wie ein Bedarf an Investoren.

Bei der Umsetzung von Islamic-Finance-Vertragsmodellen kann die Besteuerung im Einzelfall eine ausschlaggebende Rolle spielen. Daher erläutert die Autorin in diesem Buch für ausgewählte schariakonforme Finanzierungs- und Anlageformen zunächst die Scharia-Rahmenbedingungen der jeweiligen Vertragsmodelle aus deutscher rechtlicher, ertragsteuerlicher und verkehrsteuerlicher Sicht. Die steuerlichen Fragestellungen werden anhand von Beispielen im grenzüberschreitenden Corporate Bereich im Schnittpunkt von deutschem internationalem Steuerrecht und ausländischem Steuerrecht der weiteren beteiligen Staaten verdeutlicht.

Inhalt

* Einleitung
* Grundzüge von Islamic-Finance-Vertragsmodellen
- eigenkapitalbasierte („Musharaka“ und „Mudaraba“),
- fremdkapitalbasierte („Murabaha“ und „Tawarruq“) sowie

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Islamic Finance Group on ResearchGATE, the largest social network for scientists!

ResearchGATE is the largest social network for academic research globally. Dedicated social profiles of researchers allow to enter academic careers, published articles in journals and books, announce fields of research for international exchange just to name a few of the features.

IslamicFinance.de took another effort to create a dedicated group and invite researchers globally to use this platform and foster research in Islamic finance. The last academic initiative taken was to sponsor and start a full fledged platform for the Islamic Finance WIKI, the online encyclopedia.

Researchers are invited to participate in these initiatives.

Please visit:
http://www.researchgate.net/group/Islamic_Finance/

Dubai's retail debt challenge

Debt management agency ISDM calculated the average debt load of its customers is AED500,000.

The agency has more than 3,000 clients on its books and about 70 percent of its customers are defaulting on consumer rather than business loans. About 5 % of the clients are ex-UAE residents who have skipped the country rather than face jail for their debts. Banks can recover 80 cents on the dollar through consolidation. Through a debt collection agency, may receive 40 cents on the dollar according to the firm's director Yohannes Mazeingi.

Dubai-based ISDM advises clients in debt distress to consolidate their loans and negotiate with the banks. It collects a two percent fee commission based on the overall value of the debt.

Under UAE law, bouncing a cheque is a criminal offence that can result in a jail sentence.

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OSK Investment eyes Islamic stockbroking

OSK Investment Bank plans to set up an Islamic stockbroking business and offer syariah equity-linked investments.

SBP to develop Shariah-compliant short-term papers

Governor State Bank of Pakistan Salim Raza has disclosed that the SBP is actively working with the industry and the federal government to develop Shariah compliant short-term securities, which will be issued on regular basis.

Source: 

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\08\story_8-4-2010_pg5_6

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