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NBE aims to pump EGP 200m in 2015 investment portfolio

The National Bank of Egypt (NBE) has aimed to pump EGP 200m to its investment portfolio during 2015, head of the bank’s investment sector Mohamed Ragaa’i announced. Ragaa’i explained that NBE is seeking for the investment portfolio to reach EGP 1.4bn by the end of 2015, compared to EGP 1.2bn by the end of 2014, …

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The Bank of 20XX

It started with the ATMs because they broke many banks’ assumption that their customers transacted all their bank business in their own branch.

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Lebanon’s Audi says Q1 net profit $85.8m

Reuters – Lebanon’s Bank Audi reported first-quarter net profit of $85.8m on Sunday, the same level as in the same period a year before. The bank said in a statement its net profit was driven by 12.2% growth in total income but that it had put aside $20.1m of net loan loss provisions. War in …

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Abu Dhabi’s Hilal Bank considers capital hike to fuel growth: CEO

Reuters – Abu Dhabi government-owned Al Hilal Bank is considering a capital increase this year to support growth of its operations, its chief executive said on Monday. The Islamic lender, owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, an investment arm of the Abu Dhabi government, plans to expand its retail and wholesale banking business locally …

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Bahrain’s Al Salam Bank launches Asian Islamic REIT

Reuters – Bahrain’s Al Salam Bank has launched a listed sharia-compliant real estate investment trust (REIT) that will invest in a portfolio of Asian properties, the lender said on Tuesday. The REIT will invest in between 15 and 35 properties and be managed by Swiss-based B&I Capital AG, with Al Salam providing seed capital for …

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Central Bank of Egypt earmarks $1.44bn for low-cost housing

Reuters – Egypt’s central bank said on Tuesday it would allocate EGP 10bn ($1.44bn) for low-cost housing projects, one of the demands in protests that led to the ouster of autocratic President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Better living conditions, an end to official corruption and more democratic rights figured prominently in those protests. About half …

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Qatar’s Masraf Al Rayan buys Islamic Bank of Britain

Reuters – Masraf Al Rayan, Qatar’s largest sharia-compliant bank by market value, said on Thursday it had completed its acquisition of Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB). Al Rayan did not disclose the terms of the purchase. IBB was majority-owned by another Qatari lender, Qatar International Islamic Bank, which had been in discussions with Al Rayan over a sale since mid-2012. Al Rayan said in a bourse …

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Swiss banks sign up to reveal hidden accounts

Around 40 of Switzerland’s some 300 banks have already said publicly they will take part in a US programme set up to allow Swiss financial institutions to avoid US prosecution in exchange for coming clean and possibly paying steep fines.

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