Malaysia’s EPF Allocates More to Sukuks

The adoption of Islamic finance as a viable asset class is gaining traction among SE Asian sovereign institutional investors.  Malaysia’s Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is boosting fund allocation in Islamic bonds.  In October 2010, the fund held $650 million in sukuks.  They want to have a total allocation of $1.75 billion towards Islamic finance instruments.  Most of EPF’s Islamic finance allocation is managed by external managers.

In order for the sukuk market to be an effective hedge, the industry must grow.

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