23 Jan 2018:
BIMB INVEST LAUNCHES BIMB-ARABESQUE ASIA PACIFIC SHARIAH-ESG EQUITY FUND, THE FIRST ASIA PACIFIC BIG DATA & FINTECH FUND IN MALAYSIA
A NEW DIMENSION TO INVESTING IN ASIA PACIFIC THAT INTEGRATES ESG & SHARIAH USING FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGY (“FINTECH’) & BIG DATA ANALYTICS
KUALA LUMPUR, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 – BIMB Investment Management Berhad (“BIMB Invest”) with its strategic partner, Arabesque Asset Management Holding Ltd, UK (“Arabesque Partners”) launch the BIMB-Arabesque Asia Pacific Shariah-ESG Equity Fund (“the Fund”); the first Asia Pacific Big Data & Fintech fund In Malaysia. The Fund is another innovative product that sustains Malaysia’s leadership as the Islamic finance marketplace. The Fund is a Shariah and Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) compliant fund that invests in Asia Pacific listed companies using financial technology and Big Data analytics, offering sustainable long-term capital appreciation opportunities.
Encik Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff, Chairman of BIMB Invest today officially launched the Fund alongside BIMB Invest’s Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), Encik Najmuddin Mohd Lutfi.
Encik Nik Mohd Hasyudeen Yusoff said, “BIMB Invest is the first local fund management firm to implement a unique quantitative, rule-based, technology in Shariah-compliant equities by integrating ESG sustainability analysis with financial analysis that has certainly fulfill the diverse needs of clients with the right products, returns and seamless fund management processes across asset classes. Winning the country’s Best Asset & Fund Manager 2017 award from Alpha Southeast Asia and the launch of BIMB-Arabesque Asia Pacific Shariah-ESG Equity Fund, the third fund in the Shariah-ESG series, are emblematic of the trust we have built with our clients over time and our ability to successfully scale up our domestic and global investment strategy with solid investment track records. BIMB Invest’s asset under management (“AUM”) had grown at a growth rate of 118.21% with the AUM of RM2.23 billion as at 31 December 2017.”
Encik Najmuddin Mohd Lutfi said, “The Asia Pacific region offers tremendous long term investment opportunities with solid economic and growth outlook. The BIMB-Arabesque Asia Pacific Shariah-ESG Equity Fund is unique and differentiated because the Fund offers a new dimension of investing with Big Data technology and ESG in investing in the Asia Pacific region. The Fund’s investment process uses Big Data analytics to process more than 100 billions of data points in evaluating and analyzing 7,500 listed stocks in the Asia Pacific region to identify the best 140 stocks on a quarterly basis. This is the first Islamic Asia Pacific equity fund in Malaysia that uses ESG information with Big Data analytics capabilities. Investors now have the opportunity to invest in a fund that is systematically and transparently managed using Big Data technology and invests in companies that also adhere to the Shariah and ESG principles for sustainable investment performance”
Mr Omar Selim, Arabesque Partner’s CEO said, “Our new Fund complements our existing global and Malaysia products, and provides investors with comprehensive portfolio solutions. The portfolio construction process is based on our proprietary, rules-based, assessment of companies’ sustainability and financial performance. The objective of the Fund is to provide investors with sustainable long-term capital growth while directing capital to better companies.”
BIMB Invest is a community member of Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (“MIFC”). Malaysia’s Islamic finance marketplace provides an enabling environment for thought leadership, proliferation of ideas and innovation of cross-border products and services.
The Fund is offered for subscription in the Malaysian Ringgit and US Dollar at RM0.25 and USD0.25 per unit respectively, for 21 calendar days during the initial offer period, from 19 January 2018 until 8 February 2018. The minimum initial investment required for the Fund is RM500 or USD500. The target fund size is RM100 million over a one-year period. Offering greater ease to the investors, the Fund can be subscribed from any Bank Islam branches nationwide, BIMB Invest’s Unit Trust Consultants, Phillip Mutual and KenWealth by Kenanga. The Fund is also available for online purchase at www.fundsupermart.com.my, www.ifastcapital.com.my and www.eunittrust.com.my.
For more information, please contact 1-800-88-1196
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