Interpreting Middle East Economic News and Analyzing Market Trends

Archive for December, 2014

Deflation, defaults, social unrest and other ‘surprises’ waiting for us in 2015

Financial Crisis - Slideshare

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As 2014 comes to an end, we wanted to take a look back at events and trends over the past few years and give you some of our thoughts on what we expect to see in 2015.  We decided to make a list… a top 10 list of ‘surprises’ we expect to see in the coming year.  Here they are… enjoy…  

     

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Are Islamic banks riskier than conventional banks?

Islamic Bank of Britain

Photo: Islamic Bank of Britain in London.

 

 

With global GDP slowing down and constantly being revised lower by the IMF and World Bank, a question has been coming up in the Middle East regarding the safety of the banking system in the region, especially with the crashing oil price.  Islamic banks have been especially criticized in the past for their loose oversight and perceived reckless investment model.  Are Islamic banks really riskier than conventional banks?  Let’s take a look…

 

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