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The MCCA Income Fund – a Shariah Compliant managed fund for the community

There are many managed funds available to investors on the market today, but few fulfil the requirements of Shariah compliant investments that Muslims seek out. Enter the MCCA Income Fund.

The term ‘managed fund’ refers to a class of investment product where the collective monies of individual investors are pooled into a single vehicle (in Australia, normally a unit trust) and then invested by a professional manager into one or more asset classes such as debt securities, listed equities, direct/indirect property and others.

If one was to disregard systemic factors (i.e. of being a managed fund that is part of a market or an economy, however one defines this), a comparison between any two managed funds may also be viewed as primarily a comparison between what the funds invest in (i.e. what asset classes) and how the fund vehicles are set up (i.e. largely, who the manager is).

There is no dispute that the manager’s skill (within the management mandate) can have a material impact on a fund’s performance at any point in time.

However, given the high accreditation standards in Australia as to who can be licensed to manage an investment fund and the tendency of most fund managers to ‘run with herd’ in terms of benchmarking performance, an argument may be put forward that over time the performance difference attributed solely to manager’s skill are unlikely to be markedly different.

A case may be therefore made that what the funds invest in (i.e. what asset classes) over time would materially represent the likely difference in investment outcome profile.

In considering the commonly known assets classes such as debt securities, listed equities and direct/indirect property, the following table provides a snapshot of the rights of a fund when investing in these assets classes:

Asset ClassLegally certain right to receive a pre-know return on investmentLegally certain right to have the full amount invested returnedLegally certain right to exit the investment at a pre-known point in time
Debt securitiesYESYESYES
Listed equitiesNONONO
Units in other funds that own property and/or in property itselfPOSSIBLYNONO

Debt securities represent the most certain of the asset classes and equities the least certain – and in compensation for that greater uncertainty, those investing in equities funds would always seek much higher returns.

The asset class of debt securities covers not just bonds (i.e. issued by a company or single entity) but also securities issued over an asset pool (i.e. such as Residential Mortgage Backed Securities, which are issued over pools of home finance mortgages).

These later type of securities often allow an investor to access a higher rate of return than (say a term deposit) while still having legal certainty of return, repayment and investment tenure.

Locally, the available investment alternatives to access Australian Dollar denominated debt asset pools that have also been certified as Shariah compliant are sparse – with the MCCA Income Fund one such rarity.

The MCCA Income Fund

The MCCA Income Fund is one of Australia’s leading investment options for Muslims looking to grow their wealth through Shariah compliant and strong investment options.

Since its inception in 2009, the MCCA Income Fund has over-achieved its performance benchmark (Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bill Index). Our growth and performance over the last 3 financial years.

The MCCA Income Fund was established in 2009 as part of a long-term vision of facilitating the introduction of a variety of investment options that adhere to Islamic finance principles. 

The MCCA Income Fund provides finance facilities based on Shariah finance principles and Australian finance and investment law. 

In keeping with Shariah finance principles, the Fund does not invest in activities that are deemed unethical, such as alcohol, gaming, pornography and arms. The assets of the fund comprise only of registered first mortgages and cash, with investments predominantly in residential mortgages in major Australian capital cities.

Find out more about the MCCA Income Fund here.

Locally, the available investment alternatives to access Australian Dollar denominated debt asset pools that have also been certified as Shariah compliant are sparse – with the MCCA Income Fund one such rarity.

Disclaimer: This website is managed by MCCA Limited on behalf of MCCA and its related bodies corporate (together called the “MCCA Group”). Any advice and information on this website is general only, and has been prepared without taking into account your particular circumstances and needs. Before acting on any advice on this website you should assess or seek advice on whether it is appropriate for your needs, financial situation and investment objectives. You must take responsibility for your own investment decisions and to this end you should consider obtaining independent advice before making any investment or financial decision. We do not provide personal financial advice and therefore you should seek your own advice from a qualified financial planner or advisor. Where a Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) has been issued for any MCCA investment product you can only invest if you have received a copy of the PDS, read the PDS and have applied to become an investor using the application form in the PDS. You must provide at all times suitable identification required under Australian law to become an investor

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