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Islamic structured products: too complex for their own good? – Islamic Finance News

Islamic Finance News

By Rahat Dar

There is no doubt that Sukuk continue to be the star performer of the Islamic finance industry, and are regularly deployed for an array of transactions including infrastructure development, Basel III liquidity requirements and even social welfare funding. However, other Islamic structured products have simply not attracted a similar level of interest in the UAE, despite the obvious advantages these products offer to companies looking to manage risk exposure (particularly in the context of trade finance, where plain vanilla hedging instruments may not be
sufficient) and to sophisticated investors looking to customize their investment portfolio to meet specific risk return objectives. Rahat Dar asks; why haven’t these Islamic structured products found a ready market in the UAE?

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