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Japan’s economy only has more troubles to show (Gulfnews - 31/03/2016)

Translating almost literally as “spring wage offensive”, Shunto marks the annual Japanese ritual of wage bargaining between business groups and labour unions. This year’s negotiations had been seen as one of the most anticipated economic events in the

Global stocks rally, oil rebounds on Fed remarks (The Gulf Today - 31/03/2016)

Stocks jumped around the world after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reasserted the central bank’s gradual approach to raising interest rates. Commodities climbed as the dollarextended its worst month in more than five years. Yellen’s signal that

Global Internet of Things spend to hit $2 trillion (Trade Arabia - 30/03/2016)

A gathering of global technology leaders at the ongoing Internet of Things Expo (IoTX) in Dubai, UAE believe a combination of hyper connectivity, supercomputing, cloud computing, smart technologies and cyber security will make the IoT sector the single

Islamic Finance footprint across Asian Markets offers an opportunity t (CPI Financial - 30/03/2016)

Islamic financing is growing around the globe, a large part of this is coming from Asia which has five out of the top 10 countries with the largest Muslim populations. According to an article published by the Asian Development Bank. At the end of 2013,

Bank of England warns on Brexit, tightens buy-to-let mortgages (Arab News - 30/03/2016)

Britain’s European Union referendum could push up credit costs and weaken sterling more, the Bank of England warned, as it moved to bolster banks’ risk buffers and slow a boom in lending to landlords. The central bank said the outlook for financial

China bull who beat 99% of all bond funds says yuan drop is over (Gulf Times - 29/03/2016)

For an investor whose fortunes are tied to a currency that most forecasters warn is destined to decline, Andy Seaman is surprisingly upbeat. The manager of Stratton Street Capital’s Renminbi Bond Fund says the shock devaluation of China’s currency in

China’s industrial firms’ profits return to growth (The Gulf Today - 28/03/2016)

China’s industrial profits returned to growth in the first two months of 2016, despite weakening business conditions and slowing economic growth in the world’s second-largest economy. Profits earned by Chinese industrial firms in January and February

IMF approves $502 million tranche for Pakistan (The Gulf Today - 27/03/2016)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the $502 million tranche for Pakistan after the latest review of a bailout package awarded in 2013. According to a statement issued by the finance ministry on Saturday, the IMF’s board meeting was held in

Economic data could put stocks back on higher path (Arab News - 27/03/2016)

The March US employment report and other key economic numbers next week could help US stocks resume their recent winning path as long as that data hits the sweet spot: Not strong enough to add to worries about further interest rate hikes, yet not weak

Malaysia plans Islamic bond sales (Times of Oman - 24/03/2016)

Islamic bond sales are off to a racing start this year as Malaysia plans to tap the market following Indonesia’s $2.5 billion issue, which was more than three times oversubscribed. Global sukuk offerings of $11.3 billion are already 30 per cent more than

Euro-area economic confidence rebounds (The Gulf Today - 23/03/2016)

The euro-area economy showed signs of strengthening in March and confidence rose as the region tried to put a turbulent start to the year behind it. A gauge of factory and services activity in the 19-nation currency bloc unexpectedly rose this month,

Stocks of travel companies sink after Brussels attacks (Arab News - 23/03/2016)

US stock indexes shifted higher in afternoon trading Tuesday, bouncing back from modest losses earlier in the day following the attacks in Belgium. Health care stocks were among the biggest gainers, while airlines, cruise companies and travel booking

Indonesia $2.5 Billion Dollar Sukuk 3.1 Times Oversubscribed (Bloomberg - 22/03/2016)

Indonesia raised $2.5 billion from its sale of dollar Islamic bonds and got orders for 3.1 times the amount offered, according to a person familiar with the issuance. The Southeast Asian nation sold $750 million of five-year sukuk and $1.75 billion of

Pakistan offers duty-free plan for carmakers (The Gulf Today - 22/03/2016)

Pakistan on Monday announced that foreign carmakers seeking to enter the market could import machinery for their plants duty-free, in an attempt to boost competition and cut prices for local drivers. The market has for decades been dominated by Japan’s

Global stocks down on Fed comments (The Gulf Today - 22/03/2016)

Global equity markets slipped on Monday as the dollar moved higher and US Treasury yields rose on bullish inflation projections from two Federal Reserve officials. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker said US inflation is likely to accelerate in coming

Indonesia revises profit thoughts on dual-tranche sukuk (Reuters - 21/03/2016)

Indonesia has revised price guidance on a dual-tranche US dollar sukuk, according to a lead. The sovereign has revised the five-year to 3.45% (plus or minus 5bp) from an initial level of 3.7% area. It has also revised the 10-year to 4.6% (plus or minus

Asian stocks slip as oil skids with STI down 1% (Straits Times - 21/03/2016)

Most Asian stock markets slipped on Monday (March 21) after three consecutive weeks of gains as a retreat in oil prices made investors cautious. BUT China's benchmark stock index rallied above the 3,000 level for the first time in two months after policy

SBP invites bids for auction for Ijarah Sukuk (Business Recorder - 21/03/2016)

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday invited bids for auction of three-year Government of Pakistan (GoP) Ijarah Sukuk. Tenders for GoP Ijara Sukuk have been invited from all Islamic Banks and conventional banks with Islamic Banking Branches, in

China: Economy improving, capital outflows cooling (Arab News - 21/03/2016)

China’s economy is showing signs of improvement while capital outflows from the country are moderating, top Chinese officials said, seeking to shore up investor confidence after recent market volatility. Chinese leaders have repeatedly tried to reassure

IMF: Negative rates benefit global economy (Arab News - 20/03/2016)

Negative interest rates set by central banks in Japan and Europe to fight deflation are good for the global economy, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said. Lagarde told Bloomberg TV that the unorthodox negative short-term

Pakistan’s development budget could be less than $6.1b next year (The Gulf Today - 19/03/2016)

Despite heavy financing needs to complete mega infrastructure and energy projects, the new financial year’s core federal development budget could be less than Rs645 billion ($6.143 billion), which may adversely affect work on hundreds of ongoing schemes.

Fed decision triggers stock markets’ rally (Agencies - 19/03/2016)

World stocks mostly rose Friday, boosted by the lingering effects of the US Federal Reserve’s lower interest rate outlook and firmer oil prices but Tokyo sank as a surging yen hit Japan’s exporters. The Fed’s decision earlier this week to peg back its

Investors pull $2.6b from Japan ETF (Bloomberg - 19/03/2016)

One of the world’s biggest exchange-traded funds that invests in Japan is delivering a double dose of pain to foreign investors. The $10.3 billion WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity Fund, which buys stocks listed in Tokyo and shields them against

Apple raises $3.5b in bond market to reward shareholders (Bloomberg - 19/03/2016)

Apple Inc sold $3.5 billion (Dh12.8 billion) of bonds one month after issuing $12 billion of debt as the iPhone-maker takes advantage of low interest rates to seek more cash for its shareholders. The company issued the securities by reopening three notes

Sensex, Nifty attain highest closing level in more than 10 weeks (Business Standards - 19/03/2016)

Stocks of metal and mining firms, IT companies and index heavyweights HDFC and Reliance Industries (RIL) led the rally for key benchmark indices on the last trading session of the week. The Sensex rose 275.37 points or 1.12% to settle at 24,952.74. The

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