Islamic finance assets to reach $2.1tr by end-2014


09/02/2014 08:59 AST

Islamic finance industry will continue to grow driven by both demand and supply factors, and further facilitated by government agencies and financial regulators, KFH-Research, a subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House Group KFH-Group, said in a report.

The report, which focuses on 2014 Islamic finance expectations, forecasts that Islamic finance industry will continue to draw tremendous double digit growth rates across all sectors.

Moreover, the report forecasts that the total Islamic finance assets to reach $2.1 trillion by the end of 2014, and the total asset of Islamic banking sector to reach $1.6 trillion.

In 2014, gross contributions of the global takaful industry are expected to surpass the $20bln mark. The growth opportunities for the global takaful industry in 2014 and beyond are optimistic on the back of several economic, financial and socio-demographic trends. A number of regulatory developments and government policies that have been put in place are expected to spearhead the growth of the takaful and insurance sectors in various markets during 2014.

Overall, Islamic finance in 2014, is set to experience another increased momentum, particularly in the sukuk market with the issuances by few sovereigns e.g. UK and Luxembourg.

The Islamic banking sector is likely to witness a surge in demand underpinned by greater economic participation of Muslim nations as well as driven by stronger demand from the population towards Shari’a compliant or ethical financing solutions. Instrumental roles played by multilateral organisations and regulatory bodies are expected to further benefit the Islamic banking and takaful industry especially to low-to-medium income customers as financial inclusion objective has been strongly emphasised moving forward.

Thriving interest of key global/regional financial centres in developing Islamic finance, for instance London, Hong Kong, Singapore Luxembourg, further adds weight to the strong prospects of Islamic finance as markets globally look for alternative sources of funding and investment avenues.

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