Islamic Finance
  • Changing geography of aviation finance funding

    Source: David Yu
    Date Submitted: 22 Oct 2018
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    New players in the aircraft leasing business, such as commercial banks and insurance companies are adding to the geographic diversity of funding sources. This paper analyses new trends and the roles of the newcomers in the sector.
  • An Overview of Islamic Banking and Finance in Asia

    Source: Akbar Komijani, Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary
    Date Submitted: 05 Nov 2018
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    The Islamic finance industry has grown substantially in Asia over the last 2 decades. The Muslim populations in different Asian countries, especially in Southeast Asia, are increasing. Rapid Muslim population growth and improving living standards may enhance the popularity of Islamic finance as a keen alternative to conventional financing mechanisms. In addition, investors from the Middle East and Asia are increasingly seeking to invest in products that are in line with their religious beliefs. The governments and financial authorities in several Asian countries have played active roles in promoting the development of Islamic financial markets in line with the efforts to boost investments and achieve sustainable funding to enhance economic growth by tapping the huge liquidity from oil- and commodity-producing countries. The ethical character and financial stability of Islamic financial products may increase their attraction. Islamic financial products have an ethical focus (notably excluding investment in alcohol and gambling) with a risk profile that appeals to wider ethically conscious investors. Given that in Islamic banking returns on investments are based on underlying economic activities and/or assets that structure the contractual relationship between transacting parties, it is possible to use the asset-based nature and risk-sharing aspects of Islamic finance for greater integration with the real economy and to improve the overall economic balance between the real and the finance sector.
  • S&P Dow Jones Indices Quarterly Islamic Market Review

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
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    Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic indices have outperformed conventional benchmarks through the first half of 2018 driven by underweight to financials.
  • Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperformed Conventional Benchmarks in Q1 Driven by Strength in the Technology Sector

    Source: Michael Orzano
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
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    Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts in Q1 2018, as the information technology sector led the market by a wide margin, and financials matched the returns of the broad market.
  • Religion based investing and illusion of Islamic Alpha and Beta

    Source: Naqvi, Bushra, Rizvi, Syed Kumail Abbas, Mirza, Nawazish, Reddy, Krishna,
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
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    Risk hedging in Islamic funds is more stable trait than Alpha generation.

    Style Analysis yielded no superiority of Islamic funds in Alpha generation or Beta reduction.

    Islamic funds in Pakistan generate high returns with low risk offering better risk return trade-off.

    Malaysian Islamic funds exhibit low risk but at the cost of low returns.

    Fama French five-factor model confirms the robustness of results.

  • AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize - Does the Application of Smart Beta Strategies Enhance Portfolio Performance? The Case of Islamic Equity Investments      

    Source: Muhammad Wajid Raza, Dawood Ashraf
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
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    Paper Submission for AAM-CAMRI-CFA Institute Prize in Asset Management
  • Islamic Finance: Ethics, Concepts, Practice

    Source: Usman Hayat, CFA, Adeel Malik, PhD
    Date Submitted: 22 Sep 2018
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    Islamic economic thought and finance are rooted in Islamic ethics. Their ideals and means are not, however, exclusive to Islam. The principles of Islamic finance emphasize market-based risk-sharing modes of financing that promote assets and enterprise, deploy finance in service of the real economy, and facilitate redistribution of wealth and opportunity. Modern Islamic financial practices, however, privilege legal form over economic substance, which creates an expectations gap between Islamic finance’s theory and practice. In the wake of the global financial crisis of 2007–2008, the ideas underlying Islamic finance appeal to those more concerned with the broader impact of finance on society.