A Discussion on Amanah Saham Bumiputra’s (ASB) Halal status. The view of Securities Commission (SC). Pandangan Suruhanjaya Sekuriti.

A fatwa was issued by the Majlis Fatwa Kebangsaan Malaysia about the Halal Status of Amanah Saham Bumiputera (ASB). It was deemed to be as HARUS.

However, I came across some new information. It seems like it is HARAM according to Securities Commission (SC) or otherwise known as Suruhanjaya Sekuriti.

Have a look at this.

So, readers, do have a say in the comments section below.

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Additional Units for Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM) and Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020 (ASW 2020) in 2009

Additional units have been announced for two PNB-managed funds. There’ll be an additional 2.22 billion units for Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM) starting from April 21, 2009, and another 2 billion units for Amanah Saham Wawasan 2020 (ASW 2020) starting from April 27.

However, maximum allowed per investor is 20,000 units.

Have a look at The Star article here.

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Third and Final Update of Public Asia Ittikal’s (PAIF) Syariah Compliancy Issue

Thanks to Jean Chai, the age-long issue being discussed (or lack thereof), has been solved.

Jean Chai has brought the matter up to Public Mutual’s ranks and their response has put the issue to rest.

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Folks, I’m not in any way related to Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)!

I need to make it clear that I am in no way related to Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). In fact, I don’t have any relations whatsoever with any other financial institutions in Malaysia, apart from being an investor.

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Dollar Cost Averaging Lowers Your Break-even Point – Investors’ Perspective

This is the continuation of the first article on Dollar Cost Averaging. That article is located here.

Now, we shall look at dollar cost averaging in action. Consider the scenario below:

Let’s say you invest in a unit trust fund, starting with $1,000, and you add up $1,000 to your investment every month. Let’s consider the scenario below:
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Dollar Cost Averaging: Investors’ Perspective

In this article, we shall look at what exactly is Dollar Cost Averaging. This will be looked at in the perspective of an investor (i.e. persons whose investment horizon is more than 12 months). For traders out there, hang on yeah. I will write about dollar cost averaging for traders pretty soon.

Dollar Cost Averaging is a technique used by many investors out there to multiply the returns from their investment.

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2nd Update on Public Asia Ittikal Fund (PAIF) Syariah Compliancy Issue

Another update of the Public Asia Ittikal Fund (PAIF) syariah compliancy issue.

The first entry about this issue is here. The second one is here.

I recently received a response from one of my readers. Here it is:

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Updates on the Public Asia Ittikal Fund (PAIF) Syariah Compliancy Issue

About a couple of weeks back, I wrote an entry about Public Asia Ittikal Fund’s (PAIF) syariah compliancy status. Read about it here.

I did get a response from a unit trust agent a few days after that.

Here’s the excerpt:

“Our investments are looked at by the Securities Commission. Any investment that is not compliant to syariah based, can [be] penalised by the Securities Commission. The Trustee for PAIF, if I am not mistaken, is CIMB.

Public Mutual cannot make an error like that as it would jeopardise the good name of the company and the trust that many Muslim investors have in Public Mutual.”

My response:

Unfortunately, that doesn’t really answer my question.

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Exchange Traded Fund: ETF (An Alternative to Unit Trust)

The unit trust (mutual funds) industry is such a hot industry in Malaysia. Everybody is telling their friends and families to get on board! Unfortunately, there are a number of drawbacks when it comes to unit trust investments. Some of them are:

1. Absurdly high service charge
2. Absurdly high annual management fee
3. Quite difficult to get in and out

As far as I’m concerned, the first two are the main problems. I find that paying 5% to 6.5% is somewhat idiotic and immoral unnecessary.

So today, we shall be looking at Exchange Traded Funds or ETFs. This can very well be an alternative to the conventional unit trust investments. Please note that when I used the words unit trust and mutual funds, they both refer to the same thing.

Now, talking about ETFs, we can’t be comparing ETF with the unit trust industry as a whole. ETFs are essentially similar to unit trust’s index funds. The purpose of ETFs and index funds are to match the performance of the index that they are tracking. For example, a fund that tracks the S&P 500. They can also be called as tracker funds.
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Fund Managers make a lot of mistakes too!

I’m reading this book entitled Taming the Bear by Christopher Tate. Nope, it’s not a book about how to tame bears! It’s a book about trading and how to profit from down trending markets. I haven’t finished it yet but I thought I just had to share this little information with you.

One of the reasons why we invest through unit trust funds is because of the purported professional fund managers right? Well, note this info that I got from the book.

There’s this table in the book that tracks the performance of mutual funds in the United States of America for the period of 1956 to 1988. The table basically analyses the cash-to-asset ratio of the funds, and uses this findings as an indicator to determine whether the fund is bullish or bearish. During those 32 years, they got it right only 4 times.

Interesting huh?
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