Usman Hayat, CFA

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Usman Hayat, CFA, is director of Islamic Finance and ESG at CFA Institute, where he focuses on Islamic finance and socially responsible investing. Previously, he worked as an independent consultant in the capital market in Pakistan in the areas of market development and risk management for clients, including the securities regulator, stock exchanges, clearing company, and the securities depository. Hayat has been an active columnist on capital market issues. He has earned the Financial Risk Manager designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals, the Islamic Finance Qualification from the UK Securities and Investment Institute, and a Certificate in Islamic Finance from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Hayat holds an MBA from Lahore University of Management Sciences and an MA in development economics from University of Sussex. Topical Expertise: Islamic Finance and ESG Investing

Is the Islamic Finance Industry a Success or Failure?

Is the Islamic Finance Industry a Success or Failure?

Since 1975, when the first Islamic commercial bank was established in Dubai, Islamic finance has come a long way. Its global assets are now estimated to be around US $1.5 trillion across the banking sector, capital markets, and takaful, or Islamic insurance. Given the available track record, how do informed observers characterize the development of this most prominent form of faith-based finance? Read more

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Film Review: Money for Nothing

Film Review: Money for Nothing

The documentary film Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a critical evaluation of the policies pursued by the US Federal Reserve over the years. Released in the United States in 2013 and set amid the context of the global financial crisis, it explores what has become a rather familiar paradox: more debt is both the problem and the solution in pursuing economic growth. Read more

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Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Start-Ups: An Interview with Murat Ünal

Social Network Analysis (SNA): Can It Help Investors Identify Risks and Opportunities?

Beyond traditional investment analysis and the relatively modern analysis of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues lies social network analysis (SNA), which promises to help inform investment decisions. But what is SNA and how and why can it inform investment decisions in start-ups? To answer these questions CFA Institute interviewed Murat Ünal, DBA. Read more

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