Commodity prices are available from a range of sources - including international organisations, trade bodies, newspapers and commercial databases. On this page we highlight some of these sources to help you with your research.
Data on activity in the economy and within industry sectors provide key indicators for analysing and forecasting growth and performance. On this page you can find quick links to a number of key macroeconomic indicators and economic statistics by sector.
The base rate is an interest rate set by banks as a benchmark for pricing loans. It’s frequently encountered in the home loans market; many banks and building societies offer base rate tracking mortgages. This knowledge guide will show you the best sources for base rates on the web and in the Library.
Beta values (often described as 'Beta coefficients' or 'Beta relatives') are used by some investors to measure the movement of a share and to help assess the risk involved when putting together an investment portfolio. In this guide we highlight the print and online sources available for beta values.
Our in-depth guide to dividend information focuses on the sources for current and historic dividend payments including print sources held in the collection of the ICAEW Library and Information Service.
An in-depth guide to the Retail Prices Index (RPI), the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and selected international equivalents. The guide lists official and unofficial information sources in print and online.
The rapid growth in importance of Islamic finance to the UK has led to changes in the tax system, the creation of specialist qualifications and a new focus on legislative changes to support the development of Islamic financial products. On this page you can access a range of material that can help you understand the basics of Islamic finance.
Sukuk are financial certificates that provide an investor with proportionate beneficial ownership of an asset, and returns based on this ownership. They are commonly referred to as Islamic bonds and have proven popular as an alternative source of funding. On this page you can find out about the resources available from the ICAEW Library & Information Service to help you understand and explore the Sukuk market.
Takaful is a system based on mutual assistance which was approved by the Islamic Fiqh Council in 1985 as a Shari'a compliant alternative to conventional insurance. Commercial insurance is considered unlawful because it involves prohibited elements including maisir (gambling), riba (interest) and gharar (uncertainty). On this page you can find out more about Takaful and the latest forecasts for the sector.
The differing approaches to Islamic finance around the world has resulted in a lack of consistency between countries in the tax treatment of Islamic products. On this page we provide a selection of articles, books and guides summarising the current position and highlight some of the contributions to the ongoing discussion.
The accounting practices adopted by firms in the Islamic finance sector have not unexpectedly varied across the world, being largely dependent on the regulatory environment of each jurisdiction. On this page we highlight some of the articles, research papers and reports from the ongoing discussion on the application and development of accounting standards for Islamic finance.
Basel II is the international framework for the assessment of international banks' capital adequacy. Basel III provides a regulatory framework targeting governance and risk management. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing news and analysis.
Credit unions are cooperative financial institutions operated and controlled by their members. This page contains a selection of articles, books and online resources offering analysis and key organisations.
Accounting for the insurance industry is a specialist area that requires expertise and an understanding of the sector. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to practical guidance and background knowledge, including the Statement of Recommended Practice on Accounting for Insurance Business.