Shuraako, a program of One Earth Future, has created the first structured impact investment fund in the Somali region in partnership with investors. Anna Lyudvig speaks with Haley Littleton, Communications Manager at One Earth Future, to learn more
In July, Vantage Capital, Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, has announced the successful first close on its fourth mezzanine fund. AGF’s Anna Lyudvig caught up with Warren van der Merwe, Managing Partner to learn more about the fund, current trends and opportunities in mezzanine debt.
It is not a revelation that many African economies remain heavily reliant on commodities exports. But just how closely African frontier equities markets’ performance (in USD terms) generally correlates with the global level of commodities prices is somewhat surprising. That’s because the equity market indices of sub-Saharan African frontier markets are completely dominated by domestically focussed sectors, such as financials and telecoms.
Imara Asset Management is planning to launch a new long-only equity Imara Fintech Fund, which targets high quality companies with scale-able technology, low customer acquisition costs and have long and wide runways for growth. According to Lead PM, Tony Schroenn, Imara started to pivot towards FinTech at the end of 2019. “We saw how beneficial it was, and how well it was working, we did a further pivot in 2020,” he recalls.
AGF speaks with Llewellyn Ford (pictured), Head: Investor Services, South Africa; Adam Bateman (AB), Head: Business Development, Investor Services; and Hari Chaitanya (HC) Head: Investor Services Product Management, Standard Bank, about African asset servicing industry, tech innovation and Standard Bank’s services
Mr. Market has spoken, and inflation is on the way. From Bank of America, this found its way into this contributor’s inbox recently: “US 5-year, 5-year forward inflation swaps [i.e., the price rises investors expect from 2026 to 2031] are pricing inflation consistent with the highest we have seen the past five years. This is not about base effects given last year's weakness, not about anything temporary”.
On the occasion of the Africa Financial Industry Summit, Anna Lyudvig spoke with Thapelo Tsheple, CEO of Botswana Stock Exchange to discuss investment products, IPOs and why Botswana is an ideal destination for investment.
In March, RisCura launched a series of impact fund of funds – the first of its kind in South Africa. According to Malcolm Fair, Managing Director, RisCura, there is a global shift in the way investors think about their investments - they want more accountability and are increasingly moving towards purpose-driven investment where they can make a positive impact through their assets.