Azzad Wise Capital Fund Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

4/23/2013 12:00:00 PM

FALLS CHURCH, Va., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Azzad Wise Capital Fund (NASDAQ: WISEX), America's first fixed-income mutual fund that invests in sukuk, turned three years old in April. It is categorized as a short-term bond fund and is designed for capital preservation and income.

"We're pleased to see continued interest in our socially responsible investment approach," says Bashar Qasem , President and CEO of the Fund's investment advisor, Azzad Asset Management. "And investors are telling us that they appreciate a Fund that allows them exposure to both emerging markets and an alternative asset class."

The Azzad Wise Capital Fund invests primarily in notes and certificates issued for payment by international financial institutions and foreign governments in compliance with the investment advisor's ethical guidelines. Sukuk (Islamic bonds) are among the products held by the Fund. Sukuk are bond-like instruments issued to obtain an up-front payment in exchange for an income stream to be generated from assets held by the issuer. A major distinction between conventional bonds and sukuk is that sukuk are asset-backed and investors hold an equity stake in those assets.

"Our shareholders know that we carefully vet each holding before adding it to the Fund. This means painstaking research and international travel to visit banks on site to make sure the product fits our investment objectives and ethical guidelines," notes Qasem. "This was true when we started WISEX. And it will continue to be true in the future."

Azzad Asset Management, advisor to the Azzad Funds and sponsor of the Ethical Wrap Program, has been committed since 1997 to providing investment services designed to help clients enjoy optimum performance without compromising their values. The firm, based outside Washington, DC, is a registered investment advisor with the SEC.

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, 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.