Brunei Darussalam Financial Services Articles & Analysis

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The biggest development in Brunei Darussalam’s banking sector over the past 12 months is likely the arrival of a new credit bureau. Having begun operations in the fourth quarter of 2012, the bureau is the key tool of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD) for lenders to determine their potential customers’ credit-worthiness. Following on from...

Islamic services have long been part of the financial mix within Brunei Darussalam. For the past two decades, Islamic banking, takaful (Islamic insurance) and Islamic capital market products have been taking root and growing. These services now compete strongly against their conventional counterparts and continue to grow market share. With...

What is the outlook for the issuance of Islamic bonds in Brunei Darussalam?

How will the creation of a credit bureau affect risk management practices and the overall non-performing loan (NPL) ratio?

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Brunei Darussalam 2013

The 2006 Insurance Order and Insurance Regulations began a process of sector consolidation by implementing new requirements, such as a higher paid-up capital of $6.2m, up from $778,800. The government’s concerted efforts to reduce overall levels of personal debt in the Sultanate are expected to help the insurance sector grow and develop. Fronting business makes up a large part of activity in the...

Chapter | Islamic Financial Services from The Report: Brunei Darussalam 2013

Islamic services have long been a part of the financial mix within Brunei Darussalam. For the past two decades, Islamic banking, takaful (sharia-compliant insurance) and Islamic capital market products have been taking root and growing. These services now compete strongly against their conventional counterparts and continue to capture market share. With the government promoting sharia-compliant...