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Swiss Asia Capital gains Singapore licence, commodities fund up 10% in September

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

Juerg Kiener, MD and CIO of Swiss Asia Capital (Singapore) Pte Ltd. announced today that his firm had been granted its Singapore Capital Markets Services (CMS) licence.

Jefferies Group, Inc. announced the same granting last week, for its Jefferies Bache Futures & Options business.

Kiener confirmed to Opalesque that Swiss Asia Capital is an independent fund manager in Singapore with an investment focus in Asia and the resources space. It is not part of Swiss Asia Holdings, another Asia-based investment firm.

Swiss Asia Capital runs the SAC Global Energy and Mining fund, an open-ended fund domiciled in the Caymans which invests in global commodities markets, with a growing focus on the Asia Pacific region. Its portfolio has exposures in quoted and unquoted shares and physical precious metals.

It has returned 170% since its May-2002 inception, and is up 6.2% YTD, after returning 10% in September 2012.

"Most beta markets rallied with the coordinated intervention by the world’s leading economies," says the fund’s latest monthly report. "The European Central Bank prepared to buy government bonds in unlimited quantities, China announced $157 billion worth of infrastructure projects, and the United S......................

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