Cover Story

Islamic finance in Malaysia trumped?

Stunning or shocking, Donald Trump winning the 45th US presidential election has left the international market reeling in greater instability, volatility and uncertainty. Already grappling with a challenging year, the Malaysian Islamic finance...


Capital Markets

The evolution of the Sukuk structure: From plain vanilla to neopolitan

The Malaysian Sukuk market has over the years grown in size and sophistication. With the profile of issuers and investors progressively diversifying, so has the mechanism and structuring of Islamic securities. Sukuk with straightforward...


Banking

Islamic financing continues growth momentum

The Malaysian economy, whose revenues are largely dependent on oil and gas exports, may be taking a hit by the prolonged low oil prices since June 2014 but its Islamic banking sector, however, has defied this predicament: it posted a steady growth...


Asset Management

Investment managers gearing to meet demand of Malaysians flocking to nest retirement savings Islamically

Early this month, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) announced that 503,734 individuals have signed up for its Simpanan Shariah 2017 scheme, taking up over half (50.25%) of its RM100 billion (US$22.69 billion) allocation in less than three–...


Regulatory

The IFSB seeks to promote greater transparency and integrity in new standard in a bid to enhance Islamic capital markets

The Malaysia-based Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), one of the world’s most authoritative Islamic finance standard-setting bodies, will meet industry stakeholders at the end of this month in Kuala Lumpur to discuss its exposure draft on...


Takaful

Takaful: Mergers and acquisitions, the name of the game in the foreseeable future

Hong Leong Financial Group (HLFG) dropped a bombshell earlier this month calling off negotiations with potential buyers over the sale of its majority stake in Hong Leong MSIG Takaful (HLMT) and Hong Leong Assurance, a sale viewed positively by...


FinTech

Fintech to save the day? Alternative funding platforms to meet SME needs

This month, Malaysia achieves yet another fintech milestone as the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) formally extends operating licenses to six peer-to-peer (P2P) financing platforms – the first in ASEAN to regulate P2P financing. In the...


Case Study

TNB returns to Sukuk market to exceptional demand

International markets may have been jittery scrambling to adapt to a new normal of low oil prices and to adjust to slower global growth amid geopolitical uncertainties, but these volatile conditions did not stop Tenaga Nasional (TNB) from achieving...


News Briefs

News Brief

A roundup of the latest Islamic finance news in Malaysia and from around the world with a direct impact on the Malaysian market.