Azzad Hosts Leader in Turkish Finance

5/6/2013 12:00:00 PM

Azzad Hosts Leader in Turkish Finance
Prominent Istanbul-based banker updates investment advisor to America’s first halal fixed-income fund

(Falls Church, Virginia, 5/6/13) - Azzad Asset Management recently hosted Dr. Mehmet Yesilyaprak of Turkiye Finans Bank at its headquarters in suburban Washington, D.C.

Yesilyaprak gave the Azzad staff an update on the banking sector in Turkey and met afterwards with Azzad management to discuss areas of future collaboration. The Azzad Wise Capital Fund (NASDAQ: WISEX), America’s first halal fixed-income mutual fund, invests in deposits and notes from Turkiye Finans Bank, among other Islamic banks that comply with specific socially responsible and halal financial guidelines. The Fund also invests in sukuk, or asset-backed Islamic bonds. As of March 31, 2013, deposits from Turkiye Finans Bank represented approximately 13% of the Fund’s holdings.

On the occasion of welcoming Dr. Yesilyaprak to Azzad, Portfolio Manager Jamal Elbarmil noted the positive impact that Turkish Participation (Islamic) Banks have on social institutions and small business owners. “Profit and loss sharing accounts are returned to the real sector through investment in land, mortgages and microfinance,” he said. “All parties share in the risk and reward of such endeavors.”

In a recent shareholder letter, Elbarmil highlighted the contribution of Turkey’s Islamic banking sector to the Azzad Wise Capital Fund’s first quarter results, stating that exposure to bank deposits from the four Turkish Participation Banks, including Turkiye Finans Bank, helped the Fund outperform its benchmark for the period. That sector, Elbarmil noted, “continued to generate stable returns.”

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.

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