Tag Archives: MENA

Jan 20, 2021

Global Islamic Indices Advanced 28% YTD, Outperforming Conventional Benchmarks up to 12%

Global equities enjoyed substantial gains in the last quarter of 2020, gaining 15.9%, as measured by the S&P Global BMI. Shariah-compliant benchmarks, including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, slightly underperformed their conventional counterparts in Q4 2020 due to the strong performance of the conventional Financials sector, which…

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Oct 18, 2020

Global Islamic Indices Continue to Outperform, Gaining up to 13% over Conventional Benchmarks YTD

Global equities withstood a slump in the last month of the quarter, ultimately gaining 8.1% in Q3 2020 and entering positive territory YTD, as measured by the S&P Global BMI. Meanwhile, Shariah-compliant benchmarks,  including the S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market (DJIM) World Index, significantly outperformed conventional indices, ultimately gaining an advantage…

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Jul 11, 2018

S&P Dow Jones Indices Quarterly Islamic Market Review

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 Shariah compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts through the first half of 2018 as financials – which are largely absent from Islamic indices – lagged the market by…

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Jan 11, 2018

Most S&P and Dow Jones Islamic Indices Outperform Conventional Benchmarks in 2017 Driven by Strength in the Technology Sector

Most S&P and Dow Jones Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts for the year as information technology companies—which tend to be overweight in Islamic Indices—gained a whopping 39.4% beating the overall market by a wide margin, and financials—which are underrepresented in Islamic indices—experienced some weakness. This marked a reversal from 2016 where a surge in…

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Oct 2, 2017

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…

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Oct 17, 2016

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%…

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Jan 11, 2016

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…

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Nov 19, 2015

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…

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Sep 2, 2015

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…

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Dec 4, 2014

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…

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