Islamic mutual funds fall short of global demand -study

Islamic mutual funds are growing again after a slump that lasted years, but the sector still falls short of meeting demand for sharia-compliant investment products, a study by Thomson Reuters and its subsidiary Lipper showed. Many firms pulled out of the sector around 2008 because of the global financial crisis and as sliding equity markets reduced investor interest. Islamic mutual funds globally now hold $53.2 billion of assets under management, recovering from a low of $25.7 billion in 2008, the study found. The total number of Islamic mutual funds reached 943 in 2014, up from 828 a year earlier. Further growth is expected, with the study projecting the funds will grow 8 percent annually to reach $76.7 billion by 2019.