Indonesia to Allow Currency Hedging for Banks: Islamic Finance

Indonesia plans to let Shariah-compliant banks hedge against exchange-rate movements. This way, the growth in Islamic financial assets will be stimulated and the gap with Malaysia’s industry will be narrowed. The instruments, available in Malaysia since 2006, have been approved by the Bank Indonesia, the National Shariah Board and the Indonesia Institute of Accountants. As a result of hedging, Bank Muamalat Indonesia will be able to hold more global bonds and issue more dollar loans.