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Author: Giles Hedley - Advisor to Barak Fund Management

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.

A New Appointment

A New Appointment

It has been a busy three months for all at Barak, and given the work that has progressed
with the setting up of the three new Funds that are going to fall under Barak’s
management at the beginning of Q2 2016, the management team has felt it necessary
to strengthen the team and get a full-time capital-raising resource onboard to assist
with the company’s continuing expansion.

Strong tailwinds behind trade finance funds

Strong tailwinds behind trade finance funds

Investors seeking shelter from more volatile areas of the credit market are taking a close look at the growing number of trade finance funds being launched. The niche strategy, with only 20 funds globally according to industry estimates, offers steady, uncorrelated yields at a time when market instability has negatively impacted hedge fund performance, according to trade finance asset managers.