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Rising interest rates may revive Islamic commodity deals

A return to an era of higher interest rates could derail attempts by Islamic finance to create alternatives to a short-term funding instrument that has dominated the industry, but which some scholars and regulators want to see replaced.

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Indian central bank eases rules to spur lending

India's central bank governor Raghuram Rajan eased rules to spur bank lending and toned down his inflation rhetoric in moves set to be welcomed by a new pro-business government determined to revive economic growth. The Reserve

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Bahrain PM urges banks' rate monitoring

Bahrain's Prime Minister has urged banks in the kingdom to monitor loan interest rates rigorously to serve customers fairly, a report in the Gulf Daily News said. His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa affirme

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ECB says no urgent need to cut rates further

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi sees no urgent need to cut the euro zone's main interest rate further and no signs of deflation, he said in an interview published on Saturday. While the euro zone crisis has

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Dubai Investments sees $300m sukuk by year-end

Dubai Investments aims to raise $300 million from a debut sale of Islamic bonds by the end of 2013 after delaying a similar plan early this year due to rising interest rates, its chief executive said. The conglomerate, which has i

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India set to launch interest rate futures

India plans to launch trading of government bond futures within the next two months as part of efforts to deepen its financial markets, according to several sources involved in the discussions with the central bank. These interest

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India ups rates to tame inflation

Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan surprised markets in his maiden policy review yesterday by raising interest rates to ward off rising inflation, while scaling back some of the emergency measures recently put in place to support the

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Turkey raises interest rates to stem lira outflows

Turkey's central bank announced a modest hike in interest rates on Tuesday and signalled it would fight further falls in the lira by tightening liquidity rather than eat into its foreign exchange reserves. The move - a rise in

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Banks ‘vulnerable to abrupt rise in global rates’

The Bank of England warned banks and borrowers on Wednesday they may be vulnerable if there is an abrupt rise in global interest rates which could require lenders to bolster their capital cushions again. Global bond yields have ju

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India central bank holds key rates

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept interest rates on hold ignoring government pressure to reduce borrowing costs, but said it was shifting its focus towards boosting a flagging economy, raising the odds of a rate cut as early as January.

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