As the secular government eases its firm control over society, Islamic firms are increasingly cropping up.
As a recession looms, signs of a new frugality emerge. Say goodbye to long trips and lattes.
Risks have been rewarded by diving into Bangladesh, Ukraine, and other small developing nations.
The top-ranked bank was HSBC. Citigroup and Bank of America rated highest among US institutions.
As troubles in the US housing market ripple across the global economy, the health of banks has become one of the biggest financial uncertainties for 2008.