The macroeconomic headwinds and elevated volatility currently serving as a cornerstone for much of the prevailing investor uncertainty show little sign of receding. The Brexit vote and the ensuing political and economic uncertainty only amplify the uncertainty. With traditional assets failing in their capital preservation and portfolio stability purposes, investors need to look for something else to help offset the risk generated by equities. Demand to generate returns which are not beholden to the direction of asset markets has become more pronounced.
In recent years Malta has continued to evolve into an ever-stronger and robust financial domicile, attracting financiers and investors alike This has been catapulted further by the island’s alluring and favourable tax schemes coupled by new approaches to fund management and investment schemes in its on-going determination to find innovative means to find dynamic, business-friendly solutions for business people.
Launched in 1997, WEREE has been advised by Elbrus beginning October 2013. Over the three years, it has improved its risk-return profile and has significantly outperformed its benchmark and competitors. The Fund is now in the top quartile performance among its peers for the period and ranks highly in industry databases and monitoring services such as Morningstar1 (4 stars) and Quantalys2 (5 stars). WEREE invests in liquid listed equities in Central and Eastern Europe, including Russia and the former Soviet states. The Fund implements a hybrid investment process that combines fundamental research stock selection with a model-driven macro overlay that determines the appropriate level of equity exposure for a given period or market environment.
In line with the Irish QIAIF and the RAIF within the Lux Rule books, Malta has now the Notified AIF (“NAIF”) regime in terms of the Investment Services Act (List of Notified AIFs) Regulations 2016. Such structure will make it easier for fund promoters to launch their investment vehicle as the timing to market is limited to 10 working days, i.e. the period required by the MFSA to include the AIF in the List of Notified AIFs. Needless to say, such period is subject to the completeness of the notification pack as required by the Authority.
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