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The first cryptocurrency transaction in history was feted in just two words: “Running Bitcoin”, which came in the form of a tweet on January 11, 2009 by Hal Finney, a US software developer. Some 10 years and over 1600 initial coin offerings later, the world of crypto-, virtual and other digital currencies looks to have provoked an active...


Considering its share in banking investment portfolios, what do you identify as the most significant trends in large-scale project financing?


Against a backdrop of sluggish global economic growth and ongoing tensions in the region, Qatar’s banking sector is proving to be strong and resilient, with growth in assets and profits reported by nearly all of the country’s listed institutions at the end of 2019.


What impact will sharia-compliant exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have on boosting liquidity in the local market?


While technological change may not be new in financial services, financial technology (fintech) offers a broad range of alternative methods to pay, save, borrow, manage risk and offer advisory services that draw on innovations in artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, big data, cloud computing, crypto-assets and mobile telephony....

Chapter | Islamic Financial Services from The Report: Qatar 2020

Sharia-compliant banks are the dominant players in Qatar’s IFS sector, and the merger between Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar is a crucial step in increasing the sector’s share of the country’s overall banking market, which has experienced a decline in recent years. Although conventional players still dominate both the banking and insurance sectors, recent growth figures indicate...

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