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September newsletter
9/12/2014 2:04:33 PM
In this month's issue: the Alibaba IPO, Women and Investing, and MORE!
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August newsletter
8/14/2014 9:44:13 AM
In this issue: purifying shares of the Azzad Funds, the impact of Shariah screens on investing, and understanding debt.
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Zakah and Purification: Forgotten Pillars of Islamic Finance?
8/5/2014 1:33:52 PM
Most people know the basics of Islamic finance: avoid interest, stay away from prohibited lines of business, and make sure your advisory board has the right credentials. But it’s not every day that people talk about Zakah and purification. Both concepts are inseparable from Islamic finance but are regularly omitted from the conversation. Let’s look at why this is and what’s being doing about it.
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July newsletter now online
7/10/2014 10:36:14 AM
In this month's newsletter: Making your Ramadan riba-free.
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2nd Quarter Shareholder Letter
7/8/2014 12:15:49 PM
See how the Azzad Funds performed last quarter--and find out why. Also includes latest market commentary.
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Schedule an Azzad seminar for your community
6/12/2014 2:47:26 PM
From calculating Zakah on modern financial assets to Halal fixed income investing for retirement, we've got your covered. Schedule an Azzad seminar for your community today.
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June newsletter
6/12/2014 10:09:14 AM
In this issue: WISEX wins a 2014 Lipper Fund Award; Azzad selects Federated as a new sub-advisor; and more!
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The Strategic Investor: Using fixed income to meet your financial goals
6/9/2014 2:07:59 PM
Fixed income should matter to any investor looking for solid risk-adjusted returns. This article explains risk and how savvy investors can use it their advantage.
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May newsletter
5/8/2014 12:55:34 PM
In this month's newsletter: Why we don't invest in insurance companies
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Why can't I invest in insurance companies?
5/5/2014 2:00:18 PM
Azzad President and CEO Bashar Qasem makes the case for avoiding insurers based on Shari'ah investing standards.
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ADJEX portfolio manager quoted in "10 Best Stocks to Invest in Now"
4/16/2014 10:03:56 AM
Azzad Ethical Fund Portfolio Manager Christian Greiner, CFA®, was quoted in the following article and slideshow from WebMD's Medscape.com, titled "10 Best Stocks to Invest in Now." His picks start on Slide 8.
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April newsletter
4/10/2014 1:18:09 PM
In this month's newsletter: CEO Special Comment - Purifying Non-Halal Assets
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The benefits of tax planning
4/8/2014 12:32:51 PM
Azzad investment advisor Omar El-Sayed, CFP, explains why everyone should take a look at tax advantaged saving.
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Purifying impermissible assets
4/1/2014 3:16:49 PM
Azzad President and CEO Bashar Qasem, CSAA, explains what to do when Shari'ah-sensitive investors want to eliminate impermissible assets.
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WATCH: Dividends Done Differently with SKBA Capital Management
3/26/2014 11:44:21 AM
Azzad Ethical Wrap Program Portfolio Manager Series: This recording of a March 13th webcast on ethical dividend investing features Azzad's Haris Anwaar, CFA, and Azzad Portfolio Managers Josh Rothe and Andrew Bischel, CFA of SKBA Capital Management.
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March newsletter
3/14/2014 12:40:32 PM
In this month's edition: God and money, Azzad at Johns Hopkins University, and more!
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Johns Hopkins event promotes Islamic finance, SRI
3/10/2014 4:00:35 PM
On Tuesday, February 25th, a group of government officials, academics, professionals, and students crowded into Rome Auditorium at 6:00 pm on the Washington, DC campus of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. They were there to hear panelists explore the interplay between Islamic finance and socially responsible investing.
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Islamic investment screening methodology on display in the US
2/25/2014 1:31:03 PM
IFN's February 19th issue included an overview of Azzad's ISFA (Investment Screening/Filtering Application) and how it is used by conventional money managers across the US
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2/25 DC Event: Islamic Finance and Socially Responsible Investing
2/18/2014 9:37:04 AM
Join us at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS campus in DC) for an evening of dialogue and learning.
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February newsletter
2/14/2014 10:43:06 AM
In this month's issue: Investing in an IPO, Ethically Screening Your Portfolio, and more!
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Participating in an IPO: the Halal Perspective
1/31/2014 2:44:58 PM
Azzad President and CEO Bashar Qasem, CSAA explains why investing in the primary market is problematic for Shari'ah-sensitive investors.
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January newsletter
1/9/2014 1:24:07 PM
In this month's issue: 2014 resolutions, ethically screening your portfolio, college savings 101, and more!
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4th Quarter Shareholder Letter
1/7/2014 4:53:35 PM
See how the Azzad Funds performed last quarter--and find out why. Also includes latest market commentary.
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Avoid UTMA regret. Read this article.
1/6/2014 11:13:55 AM
When it comes to saving for children and education costs, the options can be confusing. Before opening an UTMA account for your child, make sure you know the pros and cons to avoid any regret later. UTMA stands for Uniform Transfer to Minors Act and are custodial accounts for minors until they reach their state’s age of majority.
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Financial Aid 101
1/6/2014 11:04:43 AM
Your current income is the most important factor in determining need, but other factors play a role, such as your total assets, how many family members are in college at the same time, and how close you are to retirement age. Do you know your EFC?
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WATCH: Ethically Screening Your Portfolio
1/3/2014 11:03:55 AM
This recording of a February 5th webcast on halal, socially responsible investing criteria features Azzad's Haris Anwaar, CFA, and Portfolio Manager Christian Greiner, CFA, of Ziegler Capital Management.
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Special Report: Impact of Islamic investment criteria
1/2/2014 9:48:42 AM
Azzad's investment process for client portfolios begins with filtering the universe of securities for compliance with our ethical criteria. Does it make a difference to your bottom line?
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December newsletter
12/12/2013 1:03:10 PM
In this month's issue: Finding the right Halal contract, our fixed-income team gets published, year-end tax planning, and more!
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Finding the right Halal contract
12/11/2013 11:41:23 AM
Omar Ezz, CFP teaches us that not all contracts, even though they may be Islamic, are right for all people in all circumstances.
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November newsletter now online
11/15/2013 9:48:43 AM
In this month's issue: Reflections on Hajj, Twitter IPO, Sukuk Webcast, and more!
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WATCH: Making Fixed Income Socially Responsible Webcast
11/8/2013 3:33:07 PM
How you can invest sustainably in communities around the world
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The United States: An undiscovered market for Islamic Finance?
11/8/2013 11:10:09 AM
Recap of the Azzad-sponsored Islamic Finance Conference in Washington, DC on November 4, 2013.
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A Slice of Sukuk from the Big Apple?
11/7/2013 12:47:15 PM
On November 4th, New York State Senator Kevin Parker made the case for US-issued Sukuk at the Azzad-sponsored Islamic Finance Conference in Washington, DC.
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Watch Now: Azzad at the SRI Conference - Making Fixed Income Socially Responsible
11/1/2013 3:55:07 PM
Azzad Investment Communications Director Joshua Brockwell introduces the concept of Halal, Socially Responsible Fixed Income to the audience at the SRI Conference in Colorado Springs, CO.
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October newsletter now online
10/11/2013 9:52:24 AM
In this month's issue: writing a will, October 23rd webcast on Sukuk investing, and more!
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WATCH: Sukuk Investing in Uncertain Times
10/10/2013 10:20:28 AM
A federal government shutdown, debt ceiling brinksmanship, and the possibility of a reduction in stimulus from the Federal Reserve have put markets on edge. How have Sukuk been impacted during this period? What are the prospects for the future? This webinar discusses the pitfalls and advantages of diversifying yield exposure through Sukuk in volatile times.
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Islamic Inheritance: Myth Versus Fact
10/8/2013 3:37:47 PM
Hajj season is a time for many to settle their accounts. This often includes writing a will and formalizing bequests and inheritance plans. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of misinformation about there when it comes to inheritance matters. Below, we debunk some of the most common myths we hear this time of year as a service to our readers.
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Islamic Finance Conference Hopes to Propel Industry to New Heights in U.S.
10/7/2013 1:52:32 PM
November 4th event includes sessions on Islamic capital creation, SRI investing. Azzad Asset Management is both sponsor and speaker.
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Third Quarter Shareholder Letter
10/4/2013 11:09:25 AM
See how the Azzad Funds performed last quarter--and find out why. Also includes latest market commentary.
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What a government shutdown could mean for markets
9/30/2013 7:15:39 PM
Confidence might take a short-term hit but stocks could benefit, says Azzad Funds' advisor Azzad Asset Management.
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The Potential Expansion of Islamic Finance in the US: An IFN Report
9/25/2013 11:18:47 AM
This article from Islamic Finance News examines prospects for Islamic Finance in the US. An Azzad representative is quoted.
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September newsletter now online
9/17/2013 3:24:47 PM
In case you're not receiving the e-mail version, you can read it online here.
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Obamacare and physician salaries
9/11/2013 10:52:56 AM
Will the upcoming changes to health insurance do harm to doctors' income? A look at both sides by Azzad investment advisor Omar Ezz, CFP.
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Top 5 mistakes employees make with 401(k)s
9/9/2013 10:12:55 AM
We asked around, and these errors were mentioned as the most common when it comes to 401(k) investing.
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August newsletter now online
8/16/2013 5:31:03 PM
In case you're not receiving the e-mail version, you can read it here.
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Request to add the Azzad Funds to your 401(k) - Letter Template
8/15/2013 10:13:53 AM
Did you know that you can request the Azzad Funds for your company retirement plan? Copy and paste this newly updated sample letter into an e-mail to your Human Resources department today.
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ObamaCare and your pocketbook
8/15/2013 9:55:40 AM
In this breakdown of the new health care legislation, Azzad investment advisor Omar Ezz looks at the impact of key provisions on your bottom line.
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July Newsletter Now Online
7/15/2013 4:14:23 PM
In case you're not receiving the e-mail version, you can read it online here.
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What To Do With Your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs)
7/11/2013 10:56:26 AM
Sometimes our clients ask us what to do with their RMDs. Here are a couple suggestions if you don't anticipate needing your RMD right now.
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Halal Screens and Performance
7/11/2013 10:51:25 AM
How screening out the unethical could impact your portfolio.
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A Primer on Sukuk (Part 2)
7/11/2013 10:46:28 AM
Taking a closer look at the Ijarah contract.
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US Islamic mortgage market: A case study
7/10/2013 3:49:11 PM
The July 10th issue of Islamic Finance News features this contribution from Azzad.
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Zakah FAQs
7/5/2013 11:44:48 AM
Answering some of the most common questions we get about paying Zakah on retirement assets.
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June Newsletter Now Online
6/25/2013 1:01:58 PM
In case you're not receiving the e-mail version, you can read it online here.
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A Primer on Sukuk
6/11/2013 4:09:23 PM
Sukuk are one of the most commonly used instruments in Islamic finance. They are also behind some of the most dramatic growth seen in capital markets in recent years. Find out why.
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How the Fed Impacts Your Portfolio
6/11/2013 3:01:13 PM
Since September of last year, the U.S. Federal Reserve has been buying $85 billion in bonds every month, aiming to lower long-term interest rates and boost economic growth. How might this affect an individual investor's portfolio?
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Islamic Finance in the US: Uneven Growth
6/5/2013 10:01:47 AM
The June 5th issue of Islamic Finance News features a contribution from Azzad.
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WISEX Shareholder Update
5/31/2013 11:07:17 AM
Recent volatility has created ripples in the sukuk markets and beyond, impacting the Azzad Wise Capital Fund. This recap of recent Fund performance as of May 29, 2013 explains how the Fund's holdings performed, emphasizing the benefits of diversification.
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Azzad Creates Opportunities by Cutting Through Red Tape
5/23/2013 10:38:01 AM
Nobody ever said getting access to Islamic banks was easy. But Azzad made it happen for their clients.
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Azzad in Indonesia—Traveling the Globe for Ethical Investments
5/13/2013 11:10:46 PM
Jamal Elbarmil arrives at Jakarta International Airport on Sunday evening. He is tired after a 30-hour flight. As he leaves the terminal to catch a cab, the warm, sticky air outside clings to him—unsurprising for a tropical island nation.
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Opinions expressed are those of the author or fund manager, are subject to change, are not guaranteed and should not be considered recommendations to buy or sell any security and should not be considered investment advice.

Fund holdings and sector allocations are subject to change and are not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Click here for Azzad Ethical Fund current top 10 holdings. Click here for the Azzad Wise Capital Fund current top 10 holdings.

Past performance does not guarantee future results.

The Azzad Ethical Fund is non-diversified and may invest a larger percentage of its assets in fewer companies exposing it to more volatility and/or market risk than diversified funds. The Fund may not achieve its objective and/or could lose money on your investment in the Fund. Stock markets and investments in individual stocks can decline significantly in response to issuer, market, economic, political, regulatory, geographical, and other conditions. Investments in mid-cap companies can be more volatile than investments in larger companies. Investments in growth companies can be more sensitive to the company’s earnings and more volatile than the stock market in general. Because the portfolio may invest substantial amount of its asset in issuers located in a single country or in a limited number of countries, it may be more volatile that a portfolio that is more geographically diversified. See the prospectus for more details about risks.

Investments in smaller and medium sized companies involve additional risks such as limited liquidity and greater volatility. Investments in debt securities typically decrease in value when interest rates rise. This risk is usually greater for longer-term debt securities. Investments in lower rated and non-rated securities present a great risk of loss to principal and interest than higher rated securities.

The Azzad Wise Capital Fund is non-diversified with a high concentration of securities in the financial sector which can expose the Fund to more volatility and/or market risk than diversified funds. The Fund may not achieve its objective and/or could lose money on your investment in the Fund. The Fund mainly invests in securities issues by foreign entities which expose the Fund to country specific risks such as market, economic, political, regulatory, geographical, and other risks. The Fund intends to invest in certain instruments that may be illiquid. As a result, if the Fund receives large amount of redemptions, the Fund may be forced to sell such illiquid investments at a significant loss to be able to meet such redemption requests. See the prospectus for more details about risks.