Economics & Investments

Give Islamic Finance a Chance

As a genre of services, Islamic finance abhors the idea of making money out of money and upholds the belief that wealth is generated through actual trade and investment.

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February 7, 2013

How to Determine if it is Time for an Estate Plan – Evaluating Your Family Situation

By Adil Daudi, Esq. All too often I am approached by and asked during my estate planning seminars, “Do I need an estate plan now?” “When is the best time to get an estate plan?” “Isn’t estate planning for older people?” Unfortunately, because everyone’s family and financial situation is different, it is always difficult for […]

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January 31, 2013

The Big Fail

So what went wrong? The answer, mainly, is the triumph of bad ideas.

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January 10, 2013

“How Should My Real Estate be Titled?”

it is unfortunate that how often people overlook the titling of their property and don’t give it the consideration it deserves

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December 27, 2012

Egypt’s SuperMama

Yasmine El-Mehairy has it all backwards. At least, that’s what people have told her.

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December 13, 2012

Tunisia’s Islamic Finance Push Has Political Echoes

After decades of secular rule, Tunisia’s government aims to develop Islamic banking in the country, but some suspect the government’s motives are more political than economic: it wants to win the support of voters.

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October 18, 2012

Six Rules of Wealth Building

Wealth Building Rule 1: Debt is a Disease…

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October 4, 2012

Lower Your Taxes When You Move for Work

The IRS allows people to write off moving costs—but there are catches

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September 27, 2012

Turkey Embraces Islamic Finance with Sovereign Sukuk

ISTANBUL/DUBAI, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Turkey’s issue of its first sovereign sukuk this week paves the way for Turkish companies to raise money through Islamic bonds, and may help the country become a major market for Islamic investors from the Gulf and southeast Asia.

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September 20, 2012

Does the Internet Make You Dumb? Top German Neuroscientist Says Yes – and Forever

South Korean doctors were the first to describe this phenomenon, and dubbed it digital dementia – whence the title of Spitzer’s book. Simplistically, the message can be summed up this way: the Internet makes you dumb.

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September 20, 2012

The Key to Competitiveness

“Why are we so behind?” I asked. Someone else commented that both Germany and Japan were leveled to the ground in World War II, yet today they are economic giants.

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August 30, 2012

Common Estate Planning Pitfalls

If you’re one of the few Americans who managed to establish a sound estate plan, congratulations.

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August 30, 2012

Drought, Food Prices Fan Fears of New Crisis

Global alarm over a potential repeat of the 2008 food crisis escalated after data showed food prices had jumped 6 percent last month and importers were snapping up a shriveled U.S. grain crop, helping drive corn prices to a new record.

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August 23, 2012

Average Joes Need To Realize How The Stock Market Takes Their Money

Common sense leads us to the “obvious” conclusion that the U.S. stock market is a rigged skimming operation that is essentially a form of legalized, officially sanctioned fraud.

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August 16, 2012

Capitalism, not Culture, Drives Economies

The same is true for Japan and India. Had Romney spent more time reading Milton Friedman, he would have realized that historically the key driver for economic growth has been the adoption of capitalism and its related institutions and policies across diverse cultures.

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August 9, 2012

Europe is Threatening the World

If you were to just look at the newly revised economic forecasts released by the International Monetary Fund earlier, you might focus only on gloom.

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July 26, 2012

Saudi Plans to Start Cross-listing Foreign Firms in 2013

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 17 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia plans to start cross-listing foreign companies on its exchange within a year, with a focus on Gulf Arab firms, as it moves closer to opening up its market to foreign investors, a senior stock market offical said on Tuesday.

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July 19, 2012

Saudi Arabia Reforms Economy, Benefits May Be Elusive

After Saudi Arabia passed a long-awaited law covering housing mortgages last week, banking shares rocketed over 5 percent in a single day as investors bet the reform would unlock a lucrative source of revenue for banks

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July 12, 2012

Banking with a Difference

“A senior bank official told me on the day they opened an Islamic window at his bank, there were people who brought bundles of money in cash,” Siddiqui says.

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June 28, 2012

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