IPM launches first Sharia fundamental index
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Swedish based investment manager Informed Portfolio Management (IPM) said it has developed the first Sharia compliant portfolio based on fundamental index methodology for the Sedco Group based in Saudi Arabia. The mandate is based on a Global Sharia screened portfolio using FTSE Research Affiliates Fundamental Index (Rafi) Global Index weightings.
Structured as a managed account, it joins the suite of IPM Rafi Funds in which many leading European institutional investors are invested, the company said in a statement. A Sharia compliant Rafi portfolio will benefit those institutions seeking the additional returns that Rafi offers, but that were previously excluded from existing Fundamental Index platforms.
Commenting on the launch, Jonas Rinne, chief executive officer of IPM, said: ‘IPM is the market leader in implementing Fundamental Index solutions for what is an increasing number of European institutional investors.’ ‘This innovative new mandate builds on our expertise in this area and brings the advantages of the RAFI strategy to an important new range of investors in the Middle East and on a wider global scale.’
The Fundamental Index methodology is a unique approach to portfolio construction, in which index weights are determined by fundamental measures of company size (cash-flow, book value, dividend and sales), instead of being based on price and valuation.
Capitalisation weighted indices overweight all overvalued securities and underweight all undervalued securities. The Rafi approach aviods this problem, while retaining the benefits of index investing: full market representation, diversification, large capacity, high liquidity and low turnover.
Rafi indices have outperformed their capitalisation-weighted counterparts by over 200 basis points per annum on average over time. Enhanced Rafi further improves the methodology, adding measurable value through systematic accounting screening and active re-weighting. Through a co-operation with Swedish-based GES Investment Services, IPM Rafi funds are screened for compliance with international conventions and guidelines on environment, human rights and business ethics.
IPM is an investment manager offering diversified solutions to institutional investors. The assets under management currently exceed $8 billion for over 50 of Europe’s most sophisticated pension funds, sovereign funds and other institutional clients in GTAA, Currency Management, and Equity Management strategies.
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