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Author: Giles Hedley - Advisor to Barak Fund Management

Fixed Income and Africa-focused Funds Lead Resurgence in Q1 2017

Fixed Income and Africa-focused Funds Lead Resurgence in Q1 2017

HedgeNews Africa Q2 2017 Publication – Fixed Income Funds in the HedgeNews Africa database continued to make gains through March 2017, the HedgeNews Africa Quarterly Journal of the African Alternatives and Hedge Fund Community publication noted. The publication furthermore announced that Africa-focused funds also had a solid start to the year, with the HedgeNews Africa Pan-Africa/AME Index sitting 2.82% higher for the quarter.

Successful Africa GTR 2017 Trade Finance Week Concludes in Cape Town

Successful Africa GTR 2017 Trade Finance Week Concludes in Cape Town

Africa GTR Trade Finance Week 2017 – The African leg of the Global Trade Review Trade Finance Week finished up on Friday 10th of March down in sunny Cape Town South Africa, with the 11th running of the Event being regarded as another successful week for the market’s leading pan-African trade finance gathering.

Hedge Funds Remain Bullish on Commodity Revival in 2017

Hedge Funds Remain Bullish on Commodity Revival in 2017

Bloomberg Markets – Whilst markets in general did not have an easy time in 2016 given the many factors that had a large-scale negative global impact for the year, commodities had a resurgence in 2016, with their first annual advance since 2010. Hedge funds globally are signaling these gains will continue this year for many of the markets, a sign that is sure to generate hype for many investors around the world who have been waiting this sentiment for some hard years.

Barak joins AIMA Membership: Alternative Investment Management Association

Barak joins AIMA Membership: Alternative Investment Management Association

As 2016 nears its end, Barak Fund Management has signed an Agreement with the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in order to align its compliancy structures with global alternative investment standards. This strategic decision was undertaken as Barak’s flagship Structured Trade Finance Fund has had a strong year of AUM growth and reporting requirements have become a core investor focus.

Launching of Barak Shariah Trade Finance Fund

Launching of Barak Shariah Trade Finance Fund

Barak Fund Management, after some consideration over the past few years, has decided to go ahead and launch a Trade Finance Fund focusing on fully Shariah-compliant transactions. The Fund will be based on the same underlying strategy as the current flagship Barak Structured Trade Finance Fund (short-term, asset-backed alternate credit lending in the sub-Sahara African region), however will be mandated to invest in Shariah-compliant trades.

Obama Promotes Trade, Investment Between U.S. and Africa

Obama Promotes Trade, Investment Between U.S. and Africa

Speaking at the US-Africa Business Forum in New York a day after his final appearance at the UN General Assembly, the U.S. President Barak Obama made a strong point towards the required strengthening that is needed between U.S. and African trade. He made the point that Africa is not just looking for Aid, but rather to grow and strive in the global markets trade and investment is critical.

Welcome

Welcome

Dear Reader

Welcome to the newly launched Barak Fund Management Blog! The thought process behind setting this social interaction platform up stemmed from the nature of the business that Barak is involved with on a daily basis – that is, ever-shifting and changing activities that are required to be able to manage and operate a successful fund management business.

Investment Philosophy

Investment Philosophy

Amidst tough global and local market conditions that the trade finance space has had to endure, it remains a fundamentally important aspect of the company to maintain continuously comprehensive due diligence procedures from both a client and investor perspective. In the Investor Relations space, there have been numerous queries from both prospective and current investors as to why returns have been consistently easing over the last couple of years, and there are a few reasons as to why this is the case. Although it may appear that the Investment Team isn’t changing the Fund’s strategy to fit volatile conditions, this is certainly not so currently.