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Introduction to Islamic Capital Markets
Fund raising and investment activities in the Islamic capital market adhere to Islamic principles. Islamic equity market products in Malaysia include Shariah-compliant equities, equity indices, unit trust funds and asset management, structured products, I-REITs, I-ETFs, Islamic venture capital and private equity.
I-REITs are collective investment vehicles that buy, manage and sell real estate. I-ETFs are listed open- ended funds that track an Islamic benchmark index whereby the constituents are Shariah-compliant companies. I-REITs, I-ETFs, Islamic unit trust and asset management, and Islamic venture capital have an appointed Shariah committee or advisor to ensure investments and operations are compliant with Islamic principles.
The Malaysian Islamic capital market has experienced phenomenal growth and raised the bar globally for product innovation and financial intermediation. This market comprises the Islamic equity sector and fixed income.