Bahrain: The highly anticipated Ernst & Young Islamic Funds & Investments Report 2010 will be exclusively launched at the 6th Annual World Islamic Funds & Capital Markets Conference, which will be held on the 24th and 25th of May 2010 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Report will offer meaningful insights into the leading-edge trends that are shaping the future of the Islamic investments landscape, given recent developments in the international financial markets. Last year's Report provided an in-depth analysis of the impact of the global economic crisis on the Islamic funds landscape, with key recommendations for industry leaders on surviving and adapting in a downturn. The Report concluded with insights into key investor segments, asset classes, and products as well as competition and business model shifts.
The Islamic Funds & Investments Report (IFIR 2010), now entering its 4th annual edition, will revisit these findings as well as offer new insights that will kick-start new business strategies in the Shari'ah-compliant investments industry as crisis begins to give way to recovery.
The Islamic Funds & Investments Report 2010 will address the following key issues: Current developments in Islamic asset management - number of funds; assets under management; liquidations and number of fund launches- nature/sector; macro/GDP Performance of GCC and Asia; Asset Classes and Products - primary and individual asset classes coverage - equity, Sukuk, commodity, cash and real estate; Key Investor Segments: An assessment of preferences and allocation shift for the following segments: Mass Affluent, HNWI and UHNWI, Awqaf & Endowments, Takaful, SWF and Pension Funds; Impact of the downturn on asset class development, distribution platform changes, fee structure amendments, active vs passive investment strategies and capital inflows: Islamic vs. conventional; 2010 Islamic business risk landscape - increased regulations, management of total risk profile, cost management, using scale to create competitive advantage, IT infrastructure, and rebuilding trust and customer service.
The 6th Annual World Islamic Funds & Capital Markets Conference (WIFCMC 2010), again held in strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Bahrain, will be attended by over 400 global and regional industry leaders. Speaking ahead of the conference, Charles Peal, Chairman, BLME Umbrella Fund SICAV-SIF, said: "The two big questions are which Islamic fund managers are demonstrating superior performance and which investors are increasing their Islamic asset allocations? The WIFCMC in 2010 should provide some answers."