In the first nine months of this year, the Sharia-compliant Dubai Sharia Asset Management (DSAM) Kauthar Commodity Funds have recorded extremely strong gains, led by the DSAM Kauthar Gold Fund, which was up 51.48 percent as of Sept. 30, 2009, the Dubai Multi Commodities Authority (DMCCA) announced in a press release on Sunday.
The DSAM Kauthar Commodity Fund (DCKF), an equally-weighted fund-of-funds comprised of four single-strategy, commodity-focused funds that invest exclusively in Sharia-compliant long/short equity hedge funds on the Al-Safi Trust platform, was up 30.51 percent at the end of the third quarter of this year.
The Al-Safi Trust is a comprehensive Sharia-compliant platform designed specifically for hedge funds and launched by Barclays Capital and Sharia Capital. Distributed under the DSAM Kauthar label, the four funds underlying the index have been seeded with 50 million U.S. dollars each by DMCCA.
The DCKF is one of the top-performing commodity funds among funds-of-hedge funds globally, based on Bloomberg data, and ranks in the 99th percentile of the Bloomberg Active Index for Islamic Funds. Indeed, excluding funds with less than $100 million in assets, the DCKF is the top-performing commodity fund-of-funds and the leading Sharia-compliant fund-of-funds.
Up more than 51 per cent in the year to date, the DSAM Kauthar Gold Fund is ranked in the 99th percentile of the Bloomberg Active Index for Islamic Funds, comprised of 442 Islamic funds representing all investment strategies and markets from around the world.
As of Sept. 30, 2009, the DSAM Kauthar Gold Fund is one of the top five funds in this index.
Likewise, the DSAM Kauthar Global Resources & Mining Fund, which recorded gains of 40.32 percent in the first nine months of this year, is ranked in the 98th percentile of the Bloomberg Index, putting it in the top 10 of all Islamic funds reporting to Bloomberg.
Meanwhile, the DSAM Kauthar Energy Fund was up an impressive 32.96 percent as of Sept. 30, 2009.
"Despite significant volatility in the global commodities market, the DSAM Kauthar Commodity Funds have demonstrated exceptional performance in the first nine months of this year," said Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of DMCCA.
"In particular, the performance of the Gold Fund and Global Resources & Mining Fund place them at the very top of the worldwide indices," he added. "Underlying that, the extremely positive performance of the fund-of-funds itself demonstrates the soundness of the fund managers investment strategy."
As part of the funds ongoing investor relations programme, managers of the DSAM Kauthar Gold Fund and DSAM Kauthar Global Resources & Mining Fund will be in the Gulf this month to meet with existing and potential investors to discuss their strategies.
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