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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 is a role model for many. As an immigration and humanitarian lawyer, Rabiah…

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…

Out with the Old

Financial Standards on Fixed income featuring Islamic cash & Sukuk Crescent Wealth is Australia’s only APRA regulated Islamic compliant super fund, actively avoiding investments in industries such as gambling, alcohol, tobacco, weapons and importantly interest-earning (riba) organisations. Download article: 220620 CRW FinStd ‘OUT WITH THE OLD’ Align your super with Islamic values today. Make the…

Crescent Wealth Adds Currency Hedging

Islamic superannuation fund Crescent Wealth has expanded its investment toolkit with the addition of Shariah-compliant currency hedging. The fund signed a hedging contract with Malaysian bank CIMB in April to implement currency hedging, which gives the fund more flexibility in managing its risk. “Since April, we were able to offer our members Shariah-compliant currency hedging, which is…

Invest according to your values and faith

Opinion by Jason Hazell- Crescent Wealth Chief Investment Officer Credit and full article at: https://www.ifa.com.au/opinion/28482-investing-according-to-your-values-and-faith Have you evaluated if your money is being invested in accordance with your values? It is crucial for Muslims money is spent according to Islamic guidelines. For many Australians, this has meant investing their super in ESG-driven responsible investment funds, or ethical options…

Unashamedly Australian and Muslim

We are unashamedly Australian and unashamedly Muslim. The two are not mutually exclusive” As the oldest of eight children, Crescent Wealth managing director Talal Yassine was firmly on the path to leadership from a young age. And for him, that path is paved green. Eliza Bavin writes. Now the managing director of the world’s only…

Crescent Wealth Property Fund achieves FE Money Management 5 Crown Rating!

While high-performing funds over a period of time look great, there are few funds that can consistently outperform and there are only seven funds that have been given a 5 Crown rating in every ratings rebalance since August 2017.  Crescent Wealth Property Retail fund was the only consistently top-rated property fund which returned 16.98%*. Read…

Property and Construction: A Sound Investment Target in Challenging Times

The COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have been devastating for the Australian economy. A plethora of sectors have been impacted, from travel to hospitality, retail to luxury goods. Correspondingly, stocks in companies in these sectors have also been hit hard, suffering significant falls as investor confidence plummets amid economic uncertainty and no clear roadway…

Islamic Finance Information Webinar

On the 24th August, we welcomed many of you as you joined us for a webinar about Islamic investing principles. While open to all Australians, Crescent Wealth is a specialist superannuation fund that services the specific requirements of Australia’s Muslim community by providing investment options that are aligned to Islamic finance principles and values. Over…

What it takes to be an Islamic Super Fund

If you’ve been reading our blogs for a while now, you’ll know that we’re very proud to be Australia’s only Islamic Superannuation Fund. We often get asked how we are different from other avenues for investing for retirement and so we thought we’d highlight how Crescent Wealth is unique in the market. If you are…