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Islamic Investment Advisor Hosts Session on Ethical Portfolio Screening

Azzad Asset Management webcast examines impact of Halal investment criteria on portfolio returns

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In a webcast recorded live on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, representatives from Azzad Asset Management offered a candid look at the impact of socially responsible and Islamic screening criteria on investment portfolios. Azzad Equity Analyst Haris Anwaar, CFA®, and Portfolio Manager Christian Greiner, CFA®, of Ziegler Capital Management guided the discussion.

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Watch: Ethically Screening Your Portfolio Webcast (YouTube)

During the webcast, Azzad offered the first public overview of its proprietary, in-house Investment Screening/Filtering Application, or ISFA. Launched in 2000, ISFA is a software program used to filter the stock market for candidates that meet Azzad's strict investment requirements. It is used by Azzad's team of institutional partners, including Ziegler Capital Management, which manage portfolios on behalf of Azzad clients.

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"It does constrain our universe in certain ways," said Greiner about using Azzad's investment screens. "But there can be advantages to working with a smaller number of candidates for investment. We expect the high-quality, low-debt names that remain to be a stronger crop of stocks. Our stock selection methodology works well in conjunction with Azzad's social restrictions."

The webcast also outlined Azzad's mandate to promote Halal investing, which is sometimes referred to as Islamic investing, or Islamic finance, more generally. As the presenters explained, the term refers to using money in a way that promotes sustainability and avoids practices deemed harmful to society. Halal investing avoids companies with lines of business that run afoul of Islamic ethics, including alcohol, tobacco, gambling, pork, pornography, banking/financial services that profit from interest-based lending, and weapons of mass destruction. Due to other Islamic restrictions, companies with high debt ratios or whose income from interest exceeds a minimal amount are also avoided.

See: The Seven Tenets of Halal Investing

In a statement, Azzad Asset Management said:

In an industry where principles are sometimes sacrificed in order to close a deal or make a quick buck, we remain dedicated to the notion that values still matter. And nowhere is that more evident than in our rigorous screening methodology. It remains at the core of our company's mission, which is to provide investment services designed to help clients enjoy optimum performance without compromising their values. At Azzad, we are also determined to find the highest quality portfolio managers who are committed to our process—those who bring their unique, highly specialized skill set to select investments for our clients.

In recent years, Azzad has furthered the cause of Islamic finance in America, creating a suite of custom financial planning products for clients, formulated in conjunction with experts in law, finance, and tax policy. This includes the first Halal endowment (waqf) for mosques and community centers designed to help grow the assets of American Muslim institutions in a tax-efficient vehicle. Azzad also built an estate planning package to help preserve family wealth for future generations in a sustainable, authentic, and Islamically certified manner. 

Azzad Asset Management, advisor to the Azzad Funds and sponsor of the Azzad Ethical Wrap Program, is a registered investment advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company's offices are located in suburban Washington, D.C.

Please consider a Fund's objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before you invest. The prospectus contains this and other important information. For a hard copy, please call 1-888-350-3369. Read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money. The Azzad Funds are self-distributed. Azzad Asset Management serves as the Investment Advisor.

Contact: Investment Communications Director, Joshua Brockwell, 703-207-7005, ext. 109, [email protected]; Chief Compliance Officer, Manal Fouz, 703-207-7005, ext. 115, [email protected].

SOURCE Azzad Asset Management

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