UAE Laws and Islamic Finance

Laws of the UAE and Islamic Finance

Islamic Equity Funds and Sharia’h Investments

Islamic investment equity funds market is one of the fastest-growing sectors within the Islamic financial system. Currently, there are approximately 100 Islamic equity funds worldwide. The total assets managed through these funds currently exceed US$5 billion and is growing by 12–15% per annum. With the continuous interest in the Islamic financial system, there are positive signs that more funds will be launched. Some Western majors have just joined the fray or are thinking of launching similar Islamic equity products.

Despite these successes, this market has seen a record of poor marketing as emphasis is on products and not on addressing the needs of investors. Over the last few years, quite a number of funds have closed down. Most of the funds tend to target high net worth individuals and corporate institutions, with minimum investments ranging from US$50,000 to as high as US$1 million. Target markets for Islamic funds vary, some cater for their local markets, e.g., Malaysia and Gulf-based investment funds. Others clearly target the Middle East and Gulf regions, neglecting local markets and have been accused of failing to serve Muslim communities.

Since the launch of Islamic equity funds in the early 1990s, there has been the establishment of credible equity benchmarks by Dow Jones Islamic market index (Dow Jones Indexes pioneered Islamic investment indexing in 1999) and the FTSE Global Islamic Index Series. The Web site failaka.com monitors the performance of Islamic equity funds and provide a comprehensive list of the Islamic funds worldwide. (Wikipedia)

Islamic Equity Funds
Islamic Equity Funds

 

Sharia’h Investments  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia_investments

Principles of Sharia’h Governing Islamic Investment Funds http://www.albalagh.net/Islamic_economics/finance.shtml

Risk and Return Characteristics of Islamic Equity Funds
Risk and Return Characteristics of Islamic Equity Funds

UAE Laws and Islamic Finance

Laws of the UAE and Islamic Finance

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