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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…

Crescent Wealth Annual Audit for Shariah & Financial Compliance

AAOFI is the leading standards for Islamic Investments. Each year, we are independently audited to verify that our investments and our business operate to the strict standard set by this independent Islamic standards body. Dar Al Shariah are global experts in Islamic Finance. Originally set up in 2007 by the world’s first Islamic Bank, Dubai…

The Power of Story-telling

One of the oldest techniques human beings have used to teach one another is through story-telling. From the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received the revelations from Allah (swt) to the present day, all Muslim societies have been shaped by orality in the form of tales, fables, myths, legends, and narratives. When verbal stories are combined…

Stock Highlight: 3M Co

Founded in 1902, the 3M Company has become a household name with a wide array of consumer goods ranging from bandages and ‘Post-it’ notes to all sorts of tapes and adhesives. Beyond consumer goods, 3M is also a global leader in designing and making personal protective and medical equipment. The company operates with a simple…

Eid Al Adha Mubarak

On behalf of the executive team and all of our employees, I am honoured to wish our Crescent Wealth Super members and community an Eid Al Adha Mubarak. As we experience yet another special Islamic occasion with the COVID restrictions and of course with Hajj sadly cancelled this year we are once again reminded of…

The cost of Alcohol Investments

Dry July is an annual event that encourages people to give up arguably the most common vice in the world – alcohol – for the entire month of July. In addition to the opportunity to fundraise for people affected by cancer, Dry July helps you understand the monetary and financial impact of your regular drinking…

Can Super be Islamic?

One of the key individual obligations Islam mandates on people is to ensure that their wealth is built through legitimate sources. One’s sources of income and wealth must be Halal (permissible), and haram (forbidden) sources of income/wealth are a serious taint on a person’s standing before Allah. Superannuation is an important source of wealth increase…

A Stock we don’t invest in…

Woolworths Limited (WOW.ASX) is a company that does not currently meet our shariah investment parameters given it carries on non-compliant business activities.  However, based on recent company announcements and stated intention to demerge these activities over the next 12 months, it could start to qualify for consideration in the portfolio. Woolworths is an iconic household…

Meet Sheikh Alaa

Moving Forward & Reflecting on the Year We caught up with Sheikh Alaa Elzokm, a widely-respected leader in our community and a Crescent Wealth member to discuss how we as a community can continue to support each other as we move forward in a post-COVID world. CW:     What’s been your journey to becoming a…

Crescent Wealth Islamic Super advocates for the future of Infrastructure Projects Investment

In our blog last month, we advocated for the Morrison Government to not waste a crisis and this month we spoke with the Australian Financial Review (AFR) about the opportunity the Government has to consider new ways of financing infrastructure projects. Australia is now in its first recession in 29 years, following the economic impact…

Tips for preparing your 2020 Tax Return

At tax time, it’s important to make sure you have included all of your eligible tax deductions in your tax return – they all add up and can make a big difference. This year, it is expected many people will claim Working from Home Expenses and Personal Protective Equipment expenses and the Australian Taxation Office…

Islamically Compliant Super Stock: Cleanaway Waste Management

This month we highlight Cleanaway Waste Management (CWY.ASX) as an Islamic super compliant investment. Cleanaway Waste Management operates across the entire waste management value chain of collections, recycling and resource recovery as well as treatment and disposal. Cleanaway also operates in most sectors of the Australian economy and segments of the market including residential (council…

Around the world this Eid al-Fitr 2020

While Eid 2020 isn’t full of streets filled with decorative festive lights and carnivals, it will still be filled with traditional sweets, puddings, biscuits and cakes that can be enjoyed within immediate loved ones. Australia: In a wonderful display of unity, Australia’s largest mosque – Sydney’s Lakemba Mosque broadcasted the Adhan, Islam’s call to prayer…

Eid Mubarak #WeAreOne

Australia’s political, business and religious leaders came together in celebration & support of our Australia’s Muslim community More than 35 political, business, community and religious leaders came together with messages of support for our Australia’s Muslim community for Eid-al-Fitr. Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar and is a time when we focus…

Stock Highlight: WHSmith PLC

Founded in 1792, WHSmith began as family-run newsagents before becoming the world’s first retail chain. Today, the company has more than 600 High Street stores as well as travel stores and a growing presence overseas in Europe, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, China and Australia. As a household name, WHSmith is committed to making…

Economic Outlook Uncertain – Crescent Wealth’s Response

Crescent Wealth’s leadership is committed to open and transparent communication. As Australia’s only Islamic superannuation fund, our conservative investment principles and ultra-ethical investment enable us to provide a unique perspective as we collectively navigate COVID-19. Our members are interested and uncertain about what the global economic impact means for their investments, employment and superannuation. Early…