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Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperform Conventional Benchmarks in 2017

Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts year-to-date through September 27, 2017 as Information Technology and Health Care – which tend to be overweight in Islamic Indices – have been sector leaders, and Financials – which are underrepresented in Islamic indices – have experienced some weakness.  One notable exception has been Read more […]

Most Major Islamic Indices Have Outperformed Conventional Benchmarks in 2016

Most S&P Dow Jones Indices Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts through the end of September 2016, with financials—which is largely absent from Islamic indices—significantly underperforming and information technology—which tends to be overweight in Islamic indices—performing well (see Exhibit 1). The S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market World Index each gained 6.4% Read more […]

Sukuk Market in 2015: Year in Review

The sukuk market demonstrated resilience despite the decline in oil price and global uncertainty; the Dow Jones Sukuk Index, which tracks USD-denominated, investment-grade sukuk, rose 1.24% in 2015, while the Dow Jones Sukuk High Quality Investment Grade Total Return Index gained 1.00% in the same period.  Looking closer at index constituents, the underperformers were sukuk Read more […]

The MENA Sukuk Market Expanded 14% YTD

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region recorded strong growth in the sukuk market in the first 10 months of 2015.  The market value, as tracked by the S&P MENA Sukuk Index, rose 14% YTD to 37 billion, compared with the mere 1% growth in the conventional bond market in the region.  The sukuk Read more […]

Islamic Index Market Update: August 2015

August Highlights:  Most Major Islamic Indices Closely Track Conventional Benchmarks in 2015 Emerging Markets Plunge Over China Growth Concerns, Weak Commodity Prices and Prospects for Fed Tightening MENA Equities Drop Sharply as Oil Falls Most Shariah-compliant benchmark have performed similarly to their conventional counterparts in 2015 as Financials have generated returns roughly in-line with the Read more […]

Islamic Index Market Update: November 2014

November Highlights: Islamic Indices Continue to Outperform Conventional Benchmarks Globally U.S. Markets Power Higher While Europe, Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets Weaken MENA Equity Markets Sell off Sharply in October & November, Trimming 2014 Gains Most major Shariah-compliant benchmarks continue to outperform their conventional counterparts in 2014 as Information Technology and Health Care – which tend Read more […]

Sukuk – Let’s Do the Profit Sharing!

It all started with the Quran, the religious book of Islam, which guides all aspects of Muslim’s life. It is one of the fundamental sources of the Islamic (Shariah) law. The Shariah law has strict rules on finance; it forbids both interest “Riba” and uncertainty “Ghara”. It also prohibits a number of practices, such as Read more […]