Global demand for Shariah-compliant investments remains strong. Since receiving our Islamic fund management licence in Malaysia back in 2009, we have successfully built an investment platform guided by Koranic principles.
With a network of some 50 offices around the world, we have an on-the-ground presence in the key centres of Shariah finance located in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. This means we can leverage our deep understanding of local markets, while drawing on the group’s global resources, to serve clients better.
We strive to deliver robust returns through the active management of assets against benchmarks, focusing on Shariah-compliant equities, sukuk and property. Investments are made using the same rigorous processes that determine investments in our non-Shariah portfolios. In addition, we work with independent religious scholars to ensure that Islamic principles are strictly followed.
Our core capabilities are:
Our expertise is in stock picking. Company due diligence and original research are at the core of everything we do. We believe that our success lies in a consistent approach, irrespective of market conditions. We never chase fads and invest for the long term. Equity fund managers are based around the world.
Sukuk Bonds (Islamic bonds)
Our team in Kuala Lumpur provides research for the onshore local currency market, but we also draw upon our global resources to invest in offshore dollar-denominated sukuk debt. Fund managers around the world help with credit analysis, portfolio modelling and risk management.
The Shariah-compliant real estate investment trust (Reit) was a recent innovation in Islamic finance. We may invest in these, as well as shares of listed property companies via the equity markets. In the non-listed space, we can make direct investments in buildings which we then manage to create value, or invest in property funds run by third-party managers. We may also invest in a diverse range of real estate debt. Investments are guided by proprietary research.