The Fund managed to attract nearly QR90m during the first month of subscription i.e. during the month of October alone. Going forward, subscriptions will be on a monthly basis. Qatari Institutions and Qatari individuals can now invest in the fund every month by visiting any Barwa Bank branch or through a Barwa Bank Relationship Manager.
The Fund has started investing in equities and equity-related securities listed on exchanges within the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. The Fund is a 100 percent Shariah compliant, open-ended collective investment scheme and is seeking to achieve long-term capital growth through investments in a broadly diversified regional portfolio.
Robert Pramberger, The First Investor 's Acting Head of Asset Management said: "The Fund attracted higher demand than expected and we look to increase the fund size to above QR100m through adding new investors in the first quarter of 2013. We believe that GCC investors should be invested in GCC equity markets due to the current low interest rate environment in order to get higher returns. Historically, GCC markets have returned more than c.12 percent per annum and our selections have consistently outperformed the market. Furthermore, we believe that regional equities are trading at relatively attractive valuations and are offering very compelling dividend yields".
Hussain Al Abdullah, Head of Retail Banking, Barwa Bank said: "We are delighted with the market's response to the Fund. We look forward to welcoming more interested investors into our branches, or through our call center, so our dedicated relation managers can help identify the most suitable and lucrative opportunities for them."
Steve Troop (pictured), CEO, Barwa Bank Group, said: "The Fund has successfully leveraged our capabilities across the Group, providing a unique offering to our customers. As a fully integrated Shari'ah compliant banking group, we will continue to build out similar propositions; drawing on our strengths and building on our strategy to improve the Shariah compliant banking experience in Qatar."
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