US based Falah Capital, is pleased to announced that its flagship Islamic exchange traded fund (Ticker: FIA)- certified for Shari'a compliance by Shariyah Review Bureau - has successfully listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has been trading efficiently since Oct 2nd . The ETF has so far produced a return of -1.29% and has outperformed broader market U.S. Indexes.
Tracking the Russell-IdealRatings Islamic U.S. Large Cap Index, it is the first of its kind to be listed on the NYSE, which can be traded globally. It is also the first Fund in the United States to be supervised for Shari'a compliance by a GCC based Shari'a Advisor.
The ETF as a qualified investment will reduce regulatory constraints and bring a wide variety of benefits for ethical investors and communities of Islamic financiers from Thailand to Australia, Pakistan to Indonesia, UK to Africa and USA. Thom Polson, co-founder and CEO of Falah Capital, said: "We are very excited about this ETF and look forward to working with our regulator to maintain best practices. We also expect that passively managed Islamic funds will appeal to a wide community of Islamic investors as they provide broader company coverage and more diversified sector exposure, than many funds that have a high concentration in a few sectors or stocks."
To validate the Funds ongoing trading and improve operational efficiency from a Shari'a perspective Falah Capital had assigned the growing footprint and resources of one of the world's leading Shari'a Advisory company - Shariyah Review Bureau. Commenting on the Shari'a Compliance of the ETF. Falah Capital founding member Naif A. Al-Obaidallah added, "We are proud to have received the Shari'a Certification from Shariyah Review Bureau who will also be supervising the continuous health of the Fund's Shari'a compliance as we now begin to engage the Fund's business into the expanding Islamic equities market"
There has been a phenomenal growth of Islamic equity markets in recent years with Funds propping up not only in the GCC and Muslim populated countries instead in diverse geographical places such as South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and even Thailand - all of whom have been ambitiously working to become part of this growth.
According to a Shariyah Review Bureau's experience stock markets in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar will remain be the most active in the GCC region but they also foresee a positive pipeline of companies looking to launch Islamic Funds regionally as well as on international stock exchanges.
"For Muslims around the world doing business in a Shari'a compliant way is vital" said Mr. Yasser Dahlawi, CEO at Shariyah Review Bureau. "Given the strong market sentiment in the Islamic Equity trading markets we expect this first NYSE listing to gain more momentum especially as Shari'a compliant indices continue to outperform all conventional developed and emerging market country indices and almost all frontier countries." He added "We are proud to be part of this effort in certifying and auditing the Compliance of the listed ETF from a Shari'a perspective."
About Shariyah Review Bureau
Celebrating its 10th year of business, SRB provides professional Shari'a Advisory and Shari'a Audit services to public and private businesses, including commercial and corporate debt, Sukuks and Islamic equity markets, initial public offerings screening & Investment Banking Practice, energy firms and information providers.
Licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, SRB serves clients from US, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and GCC. In Saudi Arabia alone it holds the market share of 21% of the Co-operative Insurance Firms Listed on the stock-exchange market, and 13% of Saudi Investment Companies licensed by the CMA. It's service offerings span a broad set of complementary disciplines that include product certification, consultation, Shari'a Audit and equity screening. SRB's scholarly presence in more than 12 countries including the US, Europe, Africa, GCC and Asia makes it a unique Sharia consultancy body that can meet clients' true international business requirements.
For more info please visit www.shariyah.com
About Falah Capital
Falah Capital provides shariah-compliant, index-based fund products to institutional and individual investors around the world. The firm's approach to screening investments according to the principles of Islam offers the transparency, low costs, and high liquidity through New York Stock Exchange listed Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) to any investor seeking a values-based investment vehicle.
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Falah Capital partners with the foremost authorities in the U.S. and Islamic finance communities, including Russell Investments, IdealRatings, and Exchange Traded Concepts to ensure the accuracy, transparency and authenticity of its funds.
For more information, please visit www.falah-capital.com.
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