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Banks top insurers for trust in UAE, Saudi

In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the level of consumer trust in insurers is just 52 per cent, compared to 73 per cent for supermarkets, 71 per cent for banks, and 67 per cent for pharmaceutical companies, a report said. In terms of tr

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British banks buoyed by new rules on risk buffers

The Bank of England has told British banks they will need to hold more capital to guard against the risks of bad loans, but the new measures were less stringent than many had expected. Shares in Barclays -- the bank that analysts

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Conventional banks' sukuk to push limits of Islamic finance

Islamic bond programmes from a trio of big conventional banks are set to expand the boundaries of Islamic finance, helping open the market to first-time issuers while testing the banks' ability to win over industry purists. Si

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Tough US laws offer opportunity for Bahraini banks

Bahrain-based banks need to treat tougher US action on non-compliance with sanctions as an opportunity, an expert has said. Growing use, more active enforcement and harsher fines for non-compliance with US sanctions not only pose

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AFS launches new products for banks

Arab Financial Services (AFS), a regional payment processor, has launched three new products that will be offered to all member banks.   The products will improve the current

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Saudi banks offer $32.9bn real estate loans in Q1

Saudi banks provided loans totalling SR123.4 billion ($32.9 billion) to the real estate sector in the kingdom during the first quarter of this year, a report said. Real estate loans to individuals rose by 33 per cent in Q1 2014 to

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Bahrain banks' balance sheet rises to $192.6bn

The consolidated balance sheet of the banking system in Bahrain, comprising retail and wholesale banks, stood at $192.6 billion at the end of March this year, according to Central Bank of Bahrain data.   This was

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Gulf banks start to muscle in on global bond deals

When the Kenyan government issued a debut $2 billion Eurobond last month, most of the lead arrangers were top Western and African banks. But there was a standout: Qatar's QNB Capital. After decades during which banks from the

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Global bank profits surge to record $920bn

China's top banks accounted for almost one-third of a record $920 billion of profits made by the world's top 1,000 banks last year, showing their rise in power since the financial crisis, a survey showed on Monday. China&#

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Bahrain banks' loans set to grow 10 pc

A spurt in industrial and commercial activity in the first half of the year suggests that bank lending in Bahrain is likely to grow at 10 per cent this year, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication, citing a senior financial expert.

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