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Global Real Estate, a path to alternative asset classes for Australian Investors.

Australian listed real estate securities have been a major investment pathway for investors seeking stable dividend income and the prospect of moderate capital appreciation.  As global demographics shift and the world dives further into the information age, real estate in Australia has been relatively slow to present adequate exposure to asset classes that benefit from this transition.   Whilst Australia is deservedly…

Craig Foster Crescent Foundation board member nominated for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards

The National Australia Day Council has released its list of finalists for 2021 Australian of the Year Awards, with Craig Foster being recognised for his advocacy, support of young people, and philanthropic work in the Australian community and abroad. The national awards are given out on Australia Day every year, with nominees traveling to Canberra…

Crescent Wealth Super nominated for the 2020 Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA)

The Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA), hosted annually by Mission of Hope, have named Sydney’s Crescent Wealth as one of its Business of the Year finalists for 2021. Every year, the AMAA nominate Muslim individuals, businesses, human rights advocates and a range of other nominees for their outstanding contributions to the Australian Muslim community and Australian society as a whole. Crescent Wealth is extremely proud and humbled to be recognised as a community organisation of the year, and win…

The Furnace: a tale of the forgotten history of Aussie Muslim Cameleers starring David Wenham and Ahmed Malek

The Furnace – the Australian film produced by Timothy White starring David Wenham and Ahmed Malek. Making its mark on the Venice film festival in the year of covid. The must watch movie for any Aussie with an identity crisis (or not).  As an immigrant Muslim Australian with origins in South Asia, Middle East or anywhere else…

Stock Highlight – Henry Schein Inc

Henry Schein Inc. was founded in 1932 as a healthcare supplies distributor. Today, they employ approximately 19,000 staff globally and serve more than 1 million customers. The company’s ultimate goal is to help office-based dental and medical practitioners provide better care to their patients. This is achieved through their huge selection of more than 120,000 branded and private-label products, in addition to more than 180,000 products available for special order. But beyond their success as a global business, Henry Schein…

Crescent Super Conversations Meet Sheike Shabir Moosa

For more than two decades, Shaykh Shabir Moosa has been serving his community in a range of roles – but particularly in Islamic finances. He heads up the Centre for Islamic Economics Australia (ICMEA), is a Certified Islamic Finance and Banking Advisor and Auditor, and has lectured in various disciplines of Higher Islamic Studies at Jaam’iah al-Ulum al-islamiyyah. Given his vast knowledge and deep community roots, Shaykh Shabir was the…

Former Socceroo Craig Foster appointed to the Crescent Foundation Board

Foundation announces 28th Leadership Scholarship for Refugees at University of Western Sydney Crescent Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting refugee education, homelessness and Islamic cultural heritage, today announced the appointment of former socceroos captain Craig Foster to the board. The appointment coincides with a significant milestone for the Foundation with 28 scholarships now awarded for students with refugee backgrounds to study at…

Australian Federal Budget Superannuation Update

One of the biggest announcements from the October 6 Federal Budget was the significant reforms of the country’s superannuation system. Titled Your Future, Your Super, the program will start from 1 July 2021 and will include a range of new policie.

Meet our Members: Sheikh Alaa Elzokm

“I came to know about Crescent Wealth through existing members and switched my super over because I do not want my investments harming others. Sheikh Alaa Elzokm is a widely-respected leader in our community and the Imam at the Elsedeaq Islamic Society in Heidelberg Heights, Melbourne. Having studied at the highly esteemed Al-Azhar University in…

Meet our Members: Rabiah Khawaja

Crescent Wealth really appealed to me because it enables me to invest my money in line with my values and for a future I want to help create. As someone who helps vulnerable people and their families on a daily basis, Rabiah Khawaja is a role model for many. As an immigration law and human rights lawyer, Rabiah is one of…

Sponsoring Graduates through Crescent Foundation

The opportunity to complete my Engineering degree at the Western Sydney University, with the support of the Crescent Foundation scholarship, meant that I could study at the same time as getting hands-on experience working on humanitarian projects. GRADUATED WITH Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) EMPLOYED WITH Community Migrant Resource Centre as the Employment & Enterprise Officer…

Super Management Tips for the Year Ahead

Research suggests the lifestyle that most Australians desire is likely to be unmet by their superannuation savings. Hence it is likely that you will need to cutback on your retirement plans to make sure your savings last the distance. You can make a difference, and you can do this by taking advantage of a number…

Partnering for Good: Brothers in Need

Brothers in Need is a not-for-profit organisation which was established to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged people within our community. The charity is an important part of daily life for families doing it tough, the poor and needy, the sick and elderly. This year, Crescent Foundation partnered with Brothers in Need to help…

Interview with Chairman – The Honourable Bob Carr

We spend some time with the Crescent Foundation Chairman Hon. Bob Carr to get an insight into the amazing contributions the Foundation has had not only on the educational scholarships but also the urgently needed work the NFP Brothers in Need are doing with their assistance to the homeless community. QUESTION 1 Tell us a…

Why we do what we do

Allah (swt) tells us that “If anyone saved a life it would be as if he saved the life of the whole mankind.” Quran 5:32. The investment choices we make and where we spend our money has an impact on our future. We often decide to part with the money we earn because we believe…

Crescent Think Tank opening knowledge

Crescent Think Tank promotes the sharing of knowledge and ideas more openly with all Australians. For too long, thought leadership has been restricted to academia and it can be elitist. However, better ideas for a better future can thrive when knowledge is shared more openly and more democratically. As an independent, not-for-profit think tank, it’s…

Crescent Institute opening up possibilities

You can’t be what you can’t see. Crescent Institutes opens up a world of possibilities for people through events and networking opportunities with Australian leaders. Since 2006, the Crescent Institute has enabled our members to hear from State Premiers, former Prime Ministers, CEO’s of Australia’s leading companies, leading media personalities and sporting heroes as well…

Leading with Strong Governance – Keri Pratt

We spoke to Keri Pratt, an Independent Member of our Investment Committee to understand her perspective on strong governance: QUESTION 1 At its core, what do you believe strong governance is? For me, strong governance is as simple and powerful as the right people doing the right things for the right reasons (I am sure…

Snapshot of Influences on your Superannuation

The Superannuation Guarantee rate is gradually increasing to 12 per cent. The SG will remain at 9.5 percent until 1 July 2021, when it will increase to 10 per cent, and then in 0.5 per cent increments annually until 1 July 2025 when it will finally reach 12 per cent. The Annual State of the…

2019/20 in the Super Industry

Over the last couple of years, the Superannuation Industry has seen a range of regulatory changes, with many more proposed but not yet legislated. These included the introduction of retirement income products, changes to Self-Managed Super Fund trustee numbers, protection of unpaid super, opt-in for insurance cover and choice of fund changes. On 1 July…

Leading with Strong Governance

We spoke to our Non-Executive Director Nicholas Whitlam regarding the importance of strong governance and how it fits. Question 1: What does Strong Governance mean to you? Strong governance means having all the correct checks and balances in place, between management and the board, and all parties respecting and observing those controls. The reporting set up is…

COVID Economics – Impacts to Australia’s Economy

Dr John Hewson joined us this month for our In Conversation Series to discuss the implications of the COVID-induced recession for the Australian economy. Below is a summary of the discussion between our Chief Investment Officer Jason Hazell and Dr Hewson. What does it mean to be in a recession? We are in Australia’s first…

Stock Highlight: Kilroy Realty

Kilroy Realty is a US Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that focuses on the West Coast markets of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.  Kilroy owns and leases 112 office and mixed use buildings totaling 13.4 million sqft (1.2 million sqm) of lettable area with a 97% occupancy rate.  This focus on the…

Super push for a piece of infrastructure pie

Crescent Wealth Board member John Hewson AM calls for an infrastructure bond to rebuild the Australian economy and let super funds ‘get on with the job’ of member returns. Superannuation is a significant national asset.  It should be protected to provide for the retirement of all Australians.  Our focus at Crescent Wealth is on delivering returns for…

Ethical approach yields investment benefits

Crescent Wealth’s approach to ethical investment in line with Islamic investment standards has seen the superannuation and fund manager outperform in the early part of 2020. Crescent Wealth’s approach actively avoids investments in industries such as gambling, alcohol, tobacco, weaponry, and interest-earning organisations with a focus on profitable, asset-based investments that “contribute to the advancement…