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Islamic Mutual Funds’ Financial Performance and International Investment Style:
Evidence from 20 Countries


Andreas G. F. Hoepner


University of Reading - ICMA Centre; Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations

Hussain Gulzar Rammal


University of South Australia - School of Commerce

Michael Rezec


University of Saint Andrews - School of Management

September 17, 2009

European Journal of Finance, Forthcoming

Abstract:     
We pursue the first large scale investigation of a strongly growing mutual fund type: Islamic funds. Based on an unexplored, survivorship bias adjusted dataset, we analyse the financial performance and investment style of 265 Islamic equity funds from twenty countries. As Islamic funds often have diverse investment regions, we develop a (conditional) three level Carhart model to simultaneously control for exposure to different national, regional and global equity markets and investment styles. Consistent with recent evidence for conventional funds, we find Islamic funds to display superior learning in more developed Islamic financial markets. While Islamic funds from these markets are competitive to international equity benchmarks, funds from especially Western nations with less Islamic assets tend to significantly underperform. Islamic funds’ investment style is somewhat tilted towards growth stocks. Funds from predominantly Muslim economies also show a clear small cap preference. These results are consistent over time and robust to time varying market exposures and capital market restrictions.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 37

Keywords: fund manager learning, home bias, Islamic finance, Islamic mutual funds, responsible investment, three level Carhart model

JEL Classification: C22, F21, G01, G10, G11, G32, Z12

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Date posted: October 12, 2009 ; Last revised: December 18, 2010

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Hoepner, Andreas G. F. and Rammal, Hussain Gulzar and Rezec, Michael, Islamic Mutual Funds’ Financial Performance and International Investment Style: Evidence from 20 Countries (September 17, 2009). European Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1475037

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Andreas G. F. Hoepner (Contact Author)
University of Reading - ICMA Centre ( email )
Whiteknights Park
P.O. Box 242
Reading RG6 6BA
United Kingdom
Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations
PRI Secretariat, c/o UN Global Compact
DC2-612, United Nations
New York, NY 10017
United States
Hussain Gulzar Rammal
University of South Australia - School of Commerce ( email )
37-44 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000, South Australia 5001
Australia
HOME PAGE: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Hussain.Rammal
Michael Rezec
University of Saint Andrews - School of Management ( email )
The Gateway
North Haugh
St. Andrews, Fife KY16 9SS
United Kingdom
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