“Shariah Investing: Reliance Through Europe”

“Shariah Investing: Reliance Through Europe”
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Published August 2nd, 2010 - 12:21 GMT

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In the sixth edition of its Shariah investment series “Shariah Investing: Reliance Through Europe”, SEI Investments Middle East has revealed that at the end of June 2010, the MSCI World Islamic Index was again outperforming the MSCI World Index and the Shariah Index continued to be the stronger performer over the last 13 challenged quarters.

The report discusses:
 
• Sovereign debt market troubles, global equity market slumps and continued doubts about economic recovery have marked the second quarter of 2010
• The MSCI World Islamic Index’s allocation to low-debt companies, non-financial stocks and avoidance of some of the more volatile securities continues to work in its favor
• Throughout the credit crisis, Shariah indices have consistently benefited from limited allocations to the financial sector
• Although by no means immune to market dips, more stringent stock selection criteria means Shariah investing generally reacts with less volatility. As the uncertainly about the future of the markets continues, Shariah investors may continue to be advantaged because of this
• SEI continues to have a favorable outlook, particularly toward high-quality assets in both the fixed-income and equity markets and considers the favoring of low-debt companies and high-quality stocks remains a positive investment strategy for Shariah and non-Shariah investors alike
 
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