EM Specialist Arqaam Capital Launches Global Macro Hedge Fund

Mar 27 2017 | 6:06pm ET

Emerging markets specialist Arqaam Capital has launched a new global macro multi-asset fund as part of a broader strategy aimed at diversifying into the alternatives space

The Arqaam Global Macro Fund is a systematic vehicle that invests in liquid and transparent global markets, the company said in a statement, and has its origins in the combined technology and trading experiences of team members acquired over decades at Arqaam Capital, Areski Capital, and top-tier international investment banks and leading hedge fund managers. 

It aims to deliver an all-weather multi-strategy approach anchored on three core strategies, the statement continued, each with a different risk-return sensitivity to various market cycles. Risk premia investing captures the excess returns from being exposed to certain market risks across major asset classes and risk factors, while relative value investing results from pricing discrepancies between related or correlated securities. Thirdly, tail risk Investing generates significant returns in periods of market dislocation.

The new fund will be managed by former Dresdner Kleinwort global co-head of equity and credit derivatives Areski Iberrakene, who will serve as CIO. He has a proven track record of more than twenty years managing across all asset classes and geographies as well as trading styles and multiple economic cycles.

“The launch of Arqaam’s global macro fund is yet another key milestone for our alternative investments business as we continue to implement our diversified model and growth-led strategy,’ said Dennis Wijsmuller, group COO of Arqaam Capital. “Our fund leverages global macro trends with a flexible and dynamic multi-asset portfolio that aims to generate positive returns in different market conditions and provide investors with solutions to their investment objectives in all market environments.”

The new fund, which is domiciled in the Cayman Islands, has an initial capacity of $2 billion and appeals to funds of funds, family offices and high-net-worth individuals, according to a Reuters article. 

Headquartered in Dubai, Arqaam Capital is a leading financial institution in the MENA region offering investment banking, research, asset management and brokerage services to a wide range of international and domestic investors. 

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