This Satellite

The Rose of Fraternity Lodge was the original name for the Mother Mosque of America, the oldest standing mosque in the United States. Its location in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is a testimony to religious tolerance and acceptance. The area in part was settled by Muslims of Lebanese and Syrian descent in the first half of the 20th Century.

The Muslim community worldwide, known as the ummah, is some 1.6 billion people strong. Highlighted on this satellite are our thoughts on commercial and political issues that Muslims face in living out their day-to-day convictions. Halal responsiveness is a burgeoning investment theme.


Banner shows the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. The ancestors of Muslim immigrants to the American Midwest may have worshipped here. Credit: Adam Przezak at Adobe Stock.

Workday Diversion

Moth Smoke
Mohsin Hamid

Investors looking to understand financial-market theory may want to rethink classical arguments and delve into Adaptive Markets. The author explores the baseline view that behavior may be more important than reason when interpreting the entrails of securities prices. In the struggle to understand capital markets, we may actually be lost in a forest of data analysis. The work is a fast-paced affront to opaque academic theories.

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