23.11.2011 - Islamic banks get a 'Libor' of their own
A group of 16 banks resolved a quandary that has dogged the $1 trillion Islamic financing market for nearly three decades: how to represent rates on interbank funding when Islamic principles prohibit firms from charging interest. The banksóworking with industry associations and data provider Thomson Reutersócreated a reference rate called the Islamic Interbank Benchmark Rate, or IIBR, which was put into use for the first time Tuesday. The banks say the solution, which complies with Islamic moral codes, known as Shariah, lies in considering money flowing between banks as investments that depend on the performance of underlying assets, rather than as interest-bearing loans...............................................Full Article: Source
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