Saturna’s Patrick Drum on Islamic Finance, Faith-Based Investing, Sharia Compliance, Sustainable Outcomes, ESG and Much More…(#016)
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Patrick Drum leads the Environmental, Social & Governance investment research at Saturna Capital, a private investment management firm with $5.5 billion in assets under management. He is the portfolio manager for Saturna’s Sustainable Global Fixed Income Fund; the Amana Participation Fund (the oldest and largest family of funds in the United States following principles of Islamic finance), and the firm’s institutional subsidiary, Saturna Sdn. Berhad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Drum holds a BA in economics from Western Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University Albers School of Business and is a CFA® Charterholder and Certified Financial Planner®.
Previously, Drum was Chairman of the United Nation’s Principles for Investment (UNPRI) Fixed Income Outreach Subcommittee and an adjunct professor of finance for the Sustainable MBA Program at Pinchot’s Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
In our discussion, we hear about Patrick’s early career and how he came to be involved in sustainability back in 2008. We learn that about 50 percent of investors in Saturna’s Sharia compliant funds are not of the Muslim faith and discuss why a non-Muslim investor might be attracted to investing in their funds. Patrick describes the basic tenets of Sharia compliance, he speaks about the debt-like instrument that is called a ‘Sukuk’ and explains how they differ from traditional bonds. We hear about the screens Saturna uses and how each investment goes through a ‘Fatwa’ by a recognised Sharia body, and much more.
Show notes: https://sri360.com/podcast/patrick-drum
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