Azzad Asset Management is a faith-based socially responsible investment firm offering halal investment portfolios and mutual funds, financial planning, and retirement plans for individuals and businesses of all sizes.
The Azzad Difference
The portfolios: Azzad manages eight stock portfolios and two mutual funds in these asset classes: large-cap growth and value, mid-cap growth and value, small-cap growth and value, international, dividends, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and halal fixed income.
The money managers: Our portfolios and mutual funds are managed by an array of experienced portfolio management teams at institutional management companies that specialize in their asset classes. Essentially, Azzad maintains the halal screening process and the portfolio managers do the stock picking within those parameters.
How it’s halal: All potential investments are screened using Azzad’s proprietary software, which follows halal investing guidelines established by AAOIFI (the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions). [Learn more about our halal screens and our Shariah advisory board.]
Zakah and purification: For our Muslim clients, Azzad calculates zakah and purification totals on your accounts and informs you of the amount each year for you to pay to charities of your choice. Paying purification and zakah dues is an important part of halal investing.
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Azzad Funds Shareholder Letter – Fourth Quarter 2017
It was a big year for the stock market, with major indexes hitting new highs throughout the year. Markets ended the year on an even more upbeat note once it became clear that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would become law. Beginning in March 2009 and now more than 3,000 days old, this bull market in stocks is the second-longest on record. It has been fueled by several factors; chief among them are relatively low inflation, low interest rates, synchronized global growth, and strong corporate earnings.
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2018 Investment Outlook:
Opportunities in the New Year
No one knows how long the bull market will last or how it will react to major political and economic changes, like mid-term elections and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The only certainty is that there will eventually be a correction some time in the future. Markets cannot go up forever. Could it be in 2018?
Azzad’s Ethical Investing Process
Azzad follows ethical investing criteria based on Islamic principles of economic and social justice. All investments are screened to exclude companies that profit from interest, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pornography, weapons, prisons, war/international conflict, hydraulic fracturing, and other areas that cause societal or environmental harm. Companies with high debt ratios are also excluded.
Azzad’s mission is to provide investment services designed to help clients enjoy optimum performance without compromising their values.
Seven Tenets of Halal Investing
At Azzad, we abide by the Seven Tenets of Halal Investing. These seven rules serve as the foundation of our ethical philosophy, helping us to grow our clients’ wealth in a halal and responsible way
1. Screening and Filtering
2. Planning and Diversification
3. Verification and Due Diligence
4. Ongoing Screening and Filtering
5. Shareholder Advocacy
In addition, Azzad follows investing criteria set by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), the global standard-setting body for the Islamic finance industry.
In 2015, Azzad became the first investment firm in the U.S. to externally verify AAOIFI compliance after we successfully completed an audit conducted by the UK-based Islamic Finance Advisory and Assurance Services (IFAAS), a leading specialist in Islamic finance. We now undertake this audit each year.