24 September 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad (“CIMB-Principal” or “the Company”) announced the launch of its CIMB Islamic Global Equity Fund (“the fund”), the latest addition to its suite of 20 Islamic funds. The fund offers Malaysian retail and corporate investors an opportunity to tap into the growth prospects of global equities which are  Shariah-compliant.


The fund aims to achieve long-term capital appreciation and offers investors diversification benefits by enabling access to equities in numerous emerging and developed markets.


Munirah Khairuddin, Chief Executive Officer of CIMB-Principal, commented, “We are bringing this fund to our investors at an opportune time where global economic growth is at a positive trajectory. Global equity markets continue to be in a sweet spot, where we see strong earnings in both emerging and developed markets, ample global liquidity to support inflows into equity markets and compelling valuations. The fund presents an excellent opportunity for investors who are looking to diversify globally and to benefit from an exposure to global trends."


“The launch of CIMB Islamic Global Equity Fund is aligned to our strategic value proposition to provide our customers with unparalleled Shariah-compliant investment opportunities across various asset classes and across numerous markets globally. I am confident there will be good appetite for the fund and we will be able to meet our target fund size of RM300 million in assets under management within a year of the fund’s inception,” Munirah added.


The world economy could more than double in size by 2050, far outstripping population growth, due to technology-driven productivity and more robust global demand. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF)¹, world growth is expected to rise to 3.5% in 2017 and 3.6% in 2018.


CIMB-Principal Islamic Global Equity Fund is suitable for investors seeking a Shariah-compliant global portfolio with an investment horizon of at least five years. The fund is currently available to investors in MYR with a minimum initial investment of RM500.


Backed by CIMB-Principal’s global experience, and expertise, the fund will invest a minimum of 70% and up to a maximum of 98% of its NAV in Shariah-compliant global equities and equities-related securities to gain long-term capital growth. The Fund may also invest up to 28% of the Fund’s NAV in Sukuk, Shariah-compliant money market instruments and Islamic Deposits.


CIMB-Principal prides itself as a leader in providing regional and global solutions to meet the increasing needs of customers searching for yield enhancement and portfolio diversification. The Company recently won the Best Equity Asia Pacific ex Japan over 5 years (Global Islamic category) and Best Bond Global over 3 years (Middle East and North Africa Markets category) in The Edge Thomson Reuters Malaysia Fund Awards 2017.


CWA, a wealth management and product distribution arm of CIMB-Principal, is the exclusive distributor of the fund.


¹ World Economic Outlook April 2017, www.imf.org

Munirah Khairuddin, CEO, CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad (centre); Patrick Chang, Chief Investment Officer, CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad (right) and Grace Allison Toh, Head of Agency and Business Development, CIMB-Principal Asset Management Berhad (left) at the launch of CIMB Islamic Global Equity Fund.