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Bloomberg Brief Launches Islamic Finance Weekly

March 21, 2012

NEW YORK, LONDON — Bloomberg Brief today announced the launch
of its Islamic Finance weekly newsletter, which gives global
investors and financial advisors critical data and analytics to
stay ahead of the developments and trends in the world of
Shariah-compliant finance.

Today, global financial institutions in the $1 trillion Islamic
finance market gather expert insights and assets to serve a wide
pool of investors as well as expand relevant products and
services. Published every Monday, Islamic Finance publishes
expert insight from the industry’s most influential thought
leaders, decision makers about an industry that is growing
exponentially, especially in emerging markets. The Islamic
Finance newsletter monitors Shariah-compliant bond and loan
offerings in the pipeline, gathers underwriter rankings and
covers the issuance of new sukuk assets, sales of which have
reached $6.6 billion in 2012, up over 300% on the prior year
according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“The Islamic finance market is dynamic and fast moving, which
creates space for a service that both educates market
participants and keeps them ahead of the game,” commented Ted Merz, News Content Business Manager for Bloomberg Briefs. “We
believe this mix of news, views, data and analysis will help
give investors insight into market movements and thus a
competitive edge.”

Bloomberg adds the Islamic Finance Brief to other significant
initiatives that have grown the Bloomberg library of information
resources about the market. In February 2011, Bloomberg launched
a dedicated Islamic Finance Platform (ISLM) along with a
Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) sukuk index, providing a benchmark for
MYR sovereign sukuk investments.

Then in June 2011, in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia,
Bloomberg launched the Bloomberg Malaysian Foreign Currency
Sukuk Index (BMSSUTR), a non-ringgit denominated index.

Islamic Finance joins 14 other Bloomberg Brief newsletters,
which together now have more than 165,000 subscribers. Bloomberg
Brief titles will now include: Economics, Economics Europe,
Economics Asia, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Mergers, Bankruptcy
& Restructuring, Leveraged Finance, Municipal Market, Structured
Notes, Risk, Financial Regulations, Climate & Carbon, Technical
Strategies, and Islamic Finance.

Bloomberg Briefs are available for no additional fee to
subscribers of the Bloomberg Professional® service. Non-
Bloomberg subscribers can also purchase the newsletters at
www.bloombergbriefs.com.

For more information about Bloomberg Brief Islamic Finance,
please contact: Nick Ferris, Global Business Manager for
Bloomberg Brief at nferris2@bloomberg.net.

About Bloomberg Briefs:

Bloomberg Brief is a newsletter publishing division of Bloomberg
LP, the premier source of data and analytics in the financial
world. The division publishes both daily and weekly electronic
newsletters. Subscribers to the Bloomberg Professional service
have full access to the Bloomberg Briefs. Bloomberg Brief also
sells individual and enterprise licenses across departments and
companies. Visit www.bloombergbriefs.com for more information.

Media Contacts:

Peter Thomas, Bloomberg LP, pthomas51@bloomberg.net, +44 203 525
8276

Vera Newhouse, Bloomberg LP, vnewhouse@bloomberg.net, +1 212 617
6420

Stella Xu, Bloomberg LP, sxu43@bloomberg.net, +86 10 6649 7551

Anne Karumo, Cognito-APAC, BloombergAsia@cognitomedia.com, +65
8112 6409