Nattasha Jamaluddin is stuck between a rock and a cultural hard place.
She wants to invest.But she’s Muslim. So she wants to respect Shariah law.
That means Nattasha shouldn’t invest in companies that sell or produce alcohol, tobacco, pork products, conventional financial services, (banking, insurance, etc.), weapons, defense products, and entertainment.
That sounds strict. But many faith based mutual funds have similar restrictions. So do many Socially Responsible Funds (SRIs).
Shariah compliance, however, means Muslims should also shun government and corporate bonds.
The Koran states that interest payments are considered usery. This makes it tougher to create a diversified portfolio.