Dubai Launches New Shariah Hedge Fund Index

DUBAI — The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority (DMCCA) and Shariah Capital Inc on Wednesday announced the Dubai Shariah Hedge Fund Index - the first internationally-recognised index comprised exclusively of Shariah compliant hedge funds.

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Published: Fri 9 Jan 2009, 1:03 AM

Last updated: Tue 14 Nov 2023, 9:49 AM

The Index reflects the performance of the DSAM Kauthar Commodity Fund, Ltd. (DKCF). The DKCF is an equally-weighted fund-of-funds comprised initially of four single- strategy, commodity-focused funds that invest exclusively in Shariah compliant long/short equity hedge funds on the Al Safi Trust platform.

For the first time, Islamic investors can use the index to compare the performance of their other professionally-managed absolute return investments and to determine strategies that include diversification into commodities such as those covered by the index.

“The purpose of the Dubai Shariah Hedge Fund index is twofold,” explained Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman of DMCCA.

“First, it provides a benchmark for investors in Shariah compliant hedge funds who are looking for absolute investment returns, particularly in commodities, during periods of market volatility.”

“Secondly, it reconfirms Dubai’s leadership role in Islamic finance by its support of innovative solutions for those interested in Shariah compliant investment products, like the DSAM Kauthar funds. The Dubai Shariah Hedge Fund Index represents another significant step for Islamic finance into the mainstream of global investing.”

Basil Moftah, senior company officer for Middle East and Africa, Thomson Reuters, commented: “Thomson Reuters is proud to be first in providing access to the Dubai Shariah Hedge Fund Index to hundreds of thousands of traders and investors around the globe.” The Dubai Shariah Hedge Fund Index will be calculated and reported by Thomson Reuters, the global news and financial information organisation.

Eric Meyer, Chairman and CEO of Shariah Capital, expressed his enthusiasm for DMCCA’s initiative and highlighted the opportunity for investment managers within Shariah: “The Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Authority and DSAM have established the gold standard for Islamic hedge funds with this index. Under Ahmed Bin Sulayem’s leadership, DMCCA has selected and seeded prominent hedge fund managers with established track records who have accepted our Shariah guidelines and who are committed to superior absolute returns. We expect that more conventional hedge fund managers will now explore the opportunity of managing within Shariah and make their skills available to the growing number of Islamic investors.”

DSAM, or Dubai Shariah Asset Management, is a joint venture between Dubai Commodity Asset Management (DCAM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of DMCCA, and Shariah Capital, a publicly-traded company that creates and customises Shariah compliant products and platforms.

DSAM develops and brands commodity-linked investment products under the DSAM Kauthar name and distributes them in the UAE through DCAM, a UAE-licensed financial investment company.


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