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Islamic finance set to extend growth, says Moody’s

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 15 — The growth of the Islamic finance sector will continue to outstrip that of conventional assets across core Islamic finance markets in coming years, as demand for Shariah-compliant financial instruments rises, said Moody’s Investors Service.

In a statement today, the rating agency said Islamic banking penetration in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) increased to 45 per cent of the total banking market, as of September 2017 from 31 per cent in 2008.

Vice President/Senior Analyst at Moody’s, Nitish Bhojnagarwala, said the Islamic finance sector would be supported by governments, whose objective is to grow the Islamic finance industry both domestically and globally, as well as by continued demand for Islamic products from individuals.

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The Malay Mail Online

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