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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Malaysia: Syariah-compliant small cap index launched

KUALA LUMPUR: FTSE Group and Bursa Malaysia have launched the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Small Cap Shariah Index to complement the existing FTSE Bursa Malaysia syariah indices.
In a joint statement, it said the new syariah index was designed to provide investors with a precise benchmark for syariah-compliant investment in Malaysian small cap companies.
The FTSE Bursa Malaysia Small Cap Shariah Index was developed in response to the needs of market practitioners who noted the lack of a benchmark to track the performance of syariah-compliant small cap companies. Constituents are selected from the universe of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Small Cap Index according to the Malaysian Securities Commission's Shariah Advisory Council screening methodology.
The index is based on FTSE's award winning methodology which includes free float adjustment and liquidity screens and is managed in accordance with a clear and transparent set of index rules governed by an independent index committee.
The new FTSE Bursa Malaysia Small Cap Shariah Index forms part of the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Emas syariah universe and will be calculated on an end-of-day basis. Subscribers to the FTSE Bursa Malaysia Index Series will receive the new index as part of their existing data package at no extra cost.

(The Star Online / 17 Oct 2012)

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