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Indian Bank to Stop Handling Iran Oil Payments

India’s oil imports from Iran will be affected from the end of August as the State Bank of India (SBI) has informed refiners it will not handle payments for crude from the Islamic Republic from November, the finance head of Indian Oil Corp said on Friday. “(Oil) loading will be affected from end-August under the […]

How Rial’s Devaluation may Boost Iranian Economy

By Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The money supply in the Iranian economy exceeds $355 billion at the official exchange rate, remarkably surpassing total economic output of $331 billion. Financial depth, a metric showing the ratio of liquidity to gross domestic […]

China Eyes Iran Trade in Own Currencies

China’s President Xi Jinping in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart offered plans for trade exchange between the two countries using their own currencies, namely rial and yuan. In a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, held on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in the city of Qingdao on Sunday, the Chinese […]

Iraqi Depositors ‘Trapped’ In Iranian Banking System

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. By Abbas Sarhan. The Iranian banking system was seen as an attractive alternative to Iraq’s shaky financial institutions. But a recent, drastic devaluation in the Iranian rial means Iraqi […]

German Credit Unions Stand by Iran

Six credit unions in southern Germany are still processing payments to Iran despite Washington’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers and its impending new sanctions on Iran, a report said. While Germany’s big banks are avoiding Iran-related deals for fear of US reprisals, six credit unions, or Volksbanken, from southern […]

Swiss Bank starts Wind-Down of Iran Business

By John Lee. Swiss-based Banque de Commerce et de Placements (BCP) has reportedly stopped all new transactions with Iran, following the US pullout from the nuclear deal. Reuters reports that the bank has started a ‘wind down period‘ within the framework of OFAC announcement. (Source: Jerusalem Post)

EU, Iran Working on Details of Direct Money Transfers

The European Union’s energy commissioner said he has submitted the EU proposal for direct transfers of money to Iran’s central bank, adding that the two sides are discussing the plan in details. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Iran’s energy minister in Tehran on Saturday, Miguel Arias Canete highlighted the EU’s efforts to boost […]

US puts Sanctions on head of Central Bank

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on the Governor and a senior official of the Central Bank of Iran, an Iraq-based bank and its chairman, and a key Hizballah official, all of whom have moved millions of dollars on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force […]

Iran Pushes for Transparency to deal with Currency Instability

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On April 10, Iranian authorities announced a policy of unification of exchange rates — a move that has generated confusion, especially among those economic players who relied on the country’s free currency market. The fact […]

Video: Iran Currency Crunch hits Foreign Tourists

From AFP. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Changing dollars or euros in Iran has become a challenge after Iran’s central bank on April 15 forbade “until further notice” all exchange bureaus from dealing in foreign currency, leaving banks as the sole […]

Iran Ordered to pay $6.27bn to 9/11 Victims’ Families

By John Lee. A US judge has ordered Iran to pay some family members of victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks a total of $6.27 billion as compensation for pain, suffering and mental anguish. Ahough the 9/11 Commission found no evidence of Iranian involvement in the plot, Judge George Daniels of the Southern District […]

Iran’s Currency Tensions spur Crypto Ban

By Maziar Motamedi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Last week, Iran joined the growing list of nations to crack down on cryptocurrencies. But why did it choose this approach? Why now? What consequences will it have? As is the case with most […]

Can ‘De-Dollarization’ break Iran’s Economic Isolation?

By Navid Kalhor for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. While the nuclear deal struck between Iran and six world powers in 2015 lifted international sanctions, it failed to remove primary US restrictions on dollar transactions. As such, some in Iran have grown to […]

Capital Intelligence to open Office in Iran

By John Lee. Capital Intelligence (CI Ratings) reportedly intends to set up an office in Iran “by the end of the current year“. According to Tehran Times, Capital Intelligence Ratings Ltd. has been providing credit analysis and ratings since 1982, and now rates over 300 Banks, Corporates and Financial Instruments (Bonds & Sukuk) in 39 […]

Why Iran moved to Unify Dual Exchange Rates

By Maziar Motamedi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. In an abrupt move, Iran moved to unify its dual exchange rates — one official and the other the free market rate — on April 11 to prevent further depreciation of the rial, re-establish the […]

Iran’s Banks Banned from dealing in Cryptocurrencies

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has reportedly banned other banks from dealing in crypto-currencies. According to BBC News, the move comes on concerns that the technology could be used illegally, for money-laundering and financing terrorism. Earlier this month, Iran moved to formally unify its official and open market exchange rates, and […]

Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro

Iran Replaces US Dollar with Euro as Official Reporting Currency The Iranian cabinet on Wednesday approved a plan to replace the US dollar with euro in reporting foreign currency amounts. During a meeting chaired by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Wednesday, the cabinet obliged all ministries, and governmental organizations and companies to use […]

Iranian Banking Reforms Gain Steam after Long Delay

By Maziar Motamedi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The arduous path to independence in monetary decision-making from the government that many central banks have gone through remains the road not taken for Iran. But the new Iranian year, which began March 21, holds […]

What’s behind Iran’s massive Capital Flight?

By Bijan Khajehpour for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. A prominent Iranian member of parliament’s recent statement about a significant outflow of capital from the country has raised eyebrows. Commenting on the foreign exchange fluctuations in March, parliamentary economic commission head Mohammadreza Pourebrahimi said some $30 […]

MPs call on Central Bank boss to Resign as Rial Plummets

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. As the Iranian rial hit a record low, trading above 60,000 against the US dollar on April 9, criticism against President Hassan Rouhani and Central Bank Gov. Valiollah Seif has intensified. The rial has dropped in […]