Islamic finance: Hub or hubris?

Shariah banking is becoming big business in Southeast Asia, with Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta battling for the title of regional Islamic finance centre.

Indonesia’s central question

Touted as the next Bric country, Indonesia has avoided the worst of the financial crisis and its economy is powering ahead – but is that despite or because of a vacancy at the head of the country’s central bank? Eric Ellis investigates.

Covered bonds: The mortgage conundrum

Covered bonds have always been viewed as a funding tool to supplement the securitization market, but while RMBS new issuance remains patchy there are signs that the market is gaining traction and going global.