Back to Basics: Investment Asset Classes

Previously in the Back to Basics series, I have written about:

Today, we shall be perusing at what’s out there and what’s available for us to invest in.

Generally, there are four major asset classes available.

They are:

  1. Equity
  2. Cash/Money Market Securities
  3. Fixed Interest Securities
  4. Property

Here are some explanations and examples of the above-mentioned asset classes:

EQUITY MARKET

In the most simplistic sense, equity is another name for stocks or shares.

Examples that come under this category are:

  • Malaysian stocks
  • Australian company stocks
  • Unit trust funds/managed funds/mutual funds
  • Foreign stocks

CASH/MONEY MARKET

The money market forms a part of the debt market. Generally, securities traded in the money market have maturity periods of less than 12 months. Maturity basically means, your positions will be exited within the time frame.

Examples:

  • Bills of Exchange
    • Bank Bills
    • Treasury Bills
  • Promissory Notes
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Treasury Notes
  • Unit trust fund or mutual funds dealing with money markets

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Public Asia Ittikal Fund not Syariah Compliant?

I’ve been meaning to blog about this topic for quite sometime now.

While I was in Malaysia, I received Public Asia Ittikal Fund’s (PAIF) annual report for the financial period from 2nd of August 2006 to 31st October 2007.

In the “notes to financial statements” section, they listed out pretty much all of the companies that they are holding in their portfolio.

One company caught my attention. ABC Learning Centre, an Australian company.

According to ABC Learning Centre’s financials, I noticed that their total debt divided by market capitalisation is somewhat in the vicinity of more than 50%.

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