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How the Fed impacts your portfolio

Since September of last year, the Federal Reserve has been buying $85 billion in bonds every month, aiming to lower long-term interest rates and boost economic growth. Overall, the U.S. central bank has bought more than $2 trillion of government bonds, private debts, agency housing debts and other bond instruments dating back to the Financial Crisis. It has paid for these purchases by crediting funds to the reserves of private banks, which is commonly referred to as “money printing.” Liquidity trap The Fed began printing money because, in its view, the crisis plunged the country into a “liquidity trap,” a situation

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Azzad creates opportunities by cutting through red tape

Opening up new markets to investors isn’t easy. If you don’t believe me, just ask Jamal Elbarmil. “No one is willing to cut through all the red tape to invest in Islamic banks,” says the longtime Azzad Wise Capital Fund portfolio manager. “No one except Azzad.” Elbarmil starts his Tuesday with a cup of coffee in one hand and a manila folder in the other. Two computer monitors glow behind him. He’ll turn his attention to those shortly. (As usual, he’s got a long day ahead of him.) Right now, what’s holding his attention is a notarized copy of Azzad

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