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Halal Pension Funds Transform Muslim World

Policymakers across the Islamic crescent are boosting their local asset-management industries by developing Shariah-compliant retirement plans. While still nascent, the trend reflects the growing size of faith-based financial planning in increasingly-prosperous Muslim societies. Malaysia is cited as a leader in the field, but that view may belie awareness in other nations, including Pakistan and Turkey. The Gulf states lag in private-sector pension innovation because of the nature of state economic intervention. Among other points, these emerging pools of capital are likely to have a much higher equity component than seen in more mature economies, in part because of youthful demographics. The trend favors global investors. Expect deeper public-securities opportunities, as well as more robust venture-capital markets.

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