LPL Financial adds Azzad Funds to mutual fund platform

7/8/2014 4:13:57 PM

 

LPL Financial adds Azzad Funds to mutual fund platform
Shariah-compliant funds now available through nation’s largest independent broker dealer

(Falls Church, Virginia, 7/2/14) – Two no-load, socially responsible mutual funds that observe Islamic investing criteria can now be purchased through the LPL Financial mutual fund brokerage and wrap platforms. The Azzad Funds, known for their rigorous adherence to Halal investing guidelines, were added to the platform in June, giving affiliated financial advisors access to Shariah-compliant options for their clients, including, for the first time, a Halal fixed-income fund. The Funds’ investment advisor, Azzad Asset Management, made the LPL announcement from their offices in Falls Church, Virginia.


“Many Shariah-sensitive clients are currently served by LPL advisors,” said Azzad Asset Management’s Sr. Investment Strategist, Fatima Iqbal. “This announcement gives those clients access to important growth and income-generating investment options that align with their faith. Added Iqbal, “We will continue to work with partners like LPL Financial to make sure the Azzad Funds are available to a broad segment of the American investor public.”

The Azzad Funds include the first Shariah-compliant fixed-income mutual fund in the United States, the Azzad Wise Capital Fund (NASDAQ: WISEX). The Fund won a Lipper Fund Award in June for Best Global Sukuk Fund for the one-year period ending 12/31/13. Azzad launched its mid-cap growth fund, the Azzad Ethical Fund (NASDAQ: ADJEX), in December of 2000.

See: Azzad Wise Capital Fund wins 2014 Lipper Fund Award (PR Newswire)

See also: Federated to sub-advise 1st Shariah-compliant, US fixed-income fund (PR Newswire)

About LPL Financial
LPL Financial is the nation’s largest independent broker dealer. With offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego, LPL Financial serves more than 13,000 independent and registered investment advisors. The firm’s Institution Services group supports financial advisors at approximately 700 regional and community banks and credit unions nationwide.

About Azzad
Azzad Asset Management, investment advisor to the Azzad Funds and sponsor of the Azzad Ethical Wrap Program, is committed to providing investment services designed to help people enjoy optimum performance without compromising their values. Azzad is a member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment and the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions. The firm, based outside Washington, DC, is a registered investment advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

About the 2014 Lipper Fund Awards
The Lipper Fund Awards are part of the Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence, a global family of awards that celebrate exceptional performance throughout the professional investment community. The Thomson Reuters Awards for Excellence recognize the world's top funds, fund management firms, sell-side firms, research analysts, and investor relations teams. The Thomson Reuters Awards for excellence also include the Extel Survey Awards, the StarMine Analyst Awards, and the StarMine Broker Rankings. For more information, please contact markets.awards@thomsonreuters.com or visit excellence.thomsonreuters.com. The 2014 Lipper Fund Award winners are selected based on the highest risk-adjusted performance among funds within a given category for the 1-, 2-, 3-, 5-, and 10-year periods ending 12/31/13. The Azzad Wise Capital Fund is the winner of the Lipper Global Islamic Fund Award for the 1-year period in the Bond Global (Sukuk) category. A high Lipper rating does not necessarily imply that the fund had the best total performance or that the fund achieved positive results for the period. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. For current to most recent month-end performance on the Azzad Wise Capital Fund, please visit our website: www.azzadfunds.com.

Please consider a Fund's objectives, risks, charges and expenses carefully before you invest. Fixed income investments entail interest rate risk, the risk of issuer default, issuer credit risk, and price volatility risk. Funds investing in bonds can lose their value as interest rates rise and an investor can lose principal. 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 investment advisor.

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Contact: Investment Communications Director, Joshua Brockwell, 703-207-7005, ext. 109, joshua@azzad.net; Chief Compliance Officer, Manal Fouz, 703-207-7005, ext. 115, manal@azzad.net.

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.