Azzad's Webinar Series

Azzad regularly hosts webinars on a variety of investing related topics. A selection of our recent webinars is below. If you’d like to be informed by email of future webinars so that you can listen live and ask questions, please email us at info@azzadfunds.com or sign up for our newsletter.

Calculating Zakah on Modern Financial Assets

Zakah refers to the act of purifying one’s wealth by giving a portion of it to those in need. When calculating zakah, many questions can arise: Do I owe zakah on my IRA? How about on my 401(k) plan at work? What if interest-bearing bonds are part of the default investment option in my 401(k)? This presentation offers a brief introduction to the methodology for calculating zakah on modern financial assets.

Call us at 888.86.AZZAD or email info@azzadfunds.com for more information about our zakah and purification calculation Guidelines. You can also request an Azzad investment advisor to speak about zakah and halal investing at your mosque or community center.

Momentum vs Valuation: Making Sense of Markets

Price momentum is the concept that stocks that have moved higher in the recent past will continue to move higher in the future. It is one of the most common drivers of investment returns. In 2015, the argument over price momentum versus traditional methods of stock valuation took shape with the financial media’s fascination with FANG stocks – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google (now Alphabet). These stocks continued to rise, with little regard for market conditions, and in the case of Netflix and Amazon, with little regard for traditional valuation metrics like price/earnings.

When it works, momentum tends to continue for long stretches of time. However, when it breaks down, the sell-off can be quick and dramatic, sometimes catching investors unaware.

This webinar focuses on how price momentum has worked for and against stocks over the past several quarters, using the Azzad Ethical Fund (NASDAQ: ADJEX) as a case study.

Ethically Screening Your Investments

Recent research indicates that over the long term, certain ethical screening tools may be able to help you achieve your investment goals with only moderate levels of risk. But which screens should you use? Learn about Azzad Asset Management’s approach to ethical, halal investing—one that avoids leveraged companies and other impermissible lines of business. Join us for a discussion about:

– The Investment Screening/Filtering Application (ISFA) — Azzad’s proprietary screening application
– How Wall Street firms use ISFA screens to manage Azzad portfolios
– The impact of Islamic screens on performance over time

Global Community Investing as an Asset Class

In this encore presentation originally given at the 2015 SRI Conference, Azzad’s Joshua Brockwell and Amina Rubin explain how ethical trade finance investments can help both individual investors and small businesses in the developing world.

Active vs. Passive Investing — Who’s Right?

Over the past several years, investor sentiment has shifted from active stock picking to passive indexing. Should you do the same for your portfolio? The answer is more complicated than you might think.

Both active and passive investing are subject to cyclical performance. And to make things more confusing, some “active” managers stick so closely to their benchmark indices that they can be considered effectively passive. Truly active management, however, has shown itself to be more resilient in a down market. Now that equities are in the sixth year of a bull market with a correction looming, is now the time for active managers to shine?

This webinar discusses how you can take advantage of active management to help boost your portfolio’s returns. Ziegler Capital Management’s Christian Greiner, CFA® takes a look at:

  • How active management works during a correction
  • Why the trend has moved toward passive strategies
  • Ways to position your investments to beat benchmarks over the long term

The views expressed are those of Azzad Asset Management. These views are subject to change at any time in response to changing circumstances in the markets and are not intended to predict or guarantee the future performance of any individual security or the markets generally, nor are they intended to predict the future performance of any Azzad account, strategy or fund.

Diversification, asset allocation and rebalancing cannot assure or guarantee better performance and cannot eliminate the risk of investment losses.

The information provided is for general information purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or advice. Azzad Asset Management makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided. Any illustrations are for hypothetical purposes only. Holdings are subject to change.

We strongly recommend you consult with your tax advisor for more information about your particular tax situation.