Islamic Finance: Crowdfunding to the fore

Crowdfunding is the latest buzzword to hit the financial industry. It is a form of alternative financing that has emerged outside the realm of the traditional financial system. To illustrate the rapid growth of the crowdfunding industry, such platforms raised US$89 million (RM369.6 million) in 2010, US$1.47 billion in 2011 and US$2.66 billion in 2012. Fast forward to 2014, and the total amount raised from crowdfunding had risen to US$15 billion. The amount is forecast to reach a massive US$34 billion this year. Crowdfunding will go a long way in helping the Islamic finance industry achieve one of its major goals, which is financial inclusion for all.