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 nine 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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Fourth Quarter 2019 Market Recap
It was a steady march higher for stocks in the fourth quarter. October rallied off expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut, along with assurances that the central bank will continue to be data dependent. Investors began to further anticipate the first phase of a U.S.-China trade deal, and it was announced in December that the agreement would be signed in Washington, D.C., in early 2020. In this environment, earnings growth came back into style, with health care and information technology being the best performing sectors. Classic safe havens like real estate, utilities, and consumer staples underperformed.
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Markets hit multiple highs in 2019. With some of the best returns in recent years, investors are wondering if markets are ready for a return to normal. No one knows how long the bull market will continue. But markets can’t go up forever. What should investors expect for 2020?
Azzad Ethical Fund portfolio manager Christian Greiner, CFA® discusses trends and opportunities in the new year.
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, 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
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.