Post Crisis: Waking Up to an Investor-Driven World
The Launch of the EY Islamic Funds & Investments Report 2010

The highly anticipated Ernst & Young Islamic Funds & Investments Report 2010 (IFIR 2010) will be exclusively launched during a special plenary session onsite at the 6th Annual World Islamic Funds & Capital Markets Conference (WIFCMC 2010). The Report, now in its 4th annual edition, will offer meaningful insights into the leading-edge trends that are shaping the future of the Islamic investments landscape, given recent developments in the international financial markets.

Sameer Abdi
Ernst & Young
Speaking ahead of the launch of the Report, Sameer Abdi, Partner, Ernst & Young noted:

"While the overall economic environment continues to remain tough, 2009 saw signs of recovery in global financial markets. Islamic equity, sukuk and commodity funds also posted gains during this period and in the first quarter of 2010. However, fund assets under management remained stagnant at US$52 billion from 2008 as  the  number  of  funds  liquidated  during 2009 almost equaled those incepted. It is a cause for concern for the Islamic funds industry as the participation of retail investors remains negligible.

There is a real risk that executives may be tempted to shy away from making radical changes or tough decisions about business models, people, processes or systems. Those who can do so are most likely to emerge as long-term winners."

IFIR 2010 will provide critical insights into the following
key areas of
the Islamic Funds and Investments Industry:

Supply Analysis & Current State of Islamic Finance Industry: Annual fund launches and liquidations; total number of funds; assets under management; average return on funds; global sukuk issuance

Demand Analysis - Investor Segments and Asset Allocation: Risk-return profile of key Islamic investor segments - Mass Affluent, HNWIs/UHNWIs, SWFs, Pension Funds, Takaful Companies, Awqaf Institutions and Endowments; analysis of individual and institutional savings potentially available to Islamic asset management industry

Changes Affecting the Industry in the areas of products and distribution; strategy and fees; support functions

The Future Risk Environment - Analysis of key business risks in 2010 vs 2009; decline in investors' trust; increase in regulatory focus; risk management enforcement and impact of the global economic downturn