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Markaz plans $100m US mortgage fund

Kuwait, November 5, 2008

Kuwaiti asset management firm Markaz is planning a fund of up to $100 million to invest in distressed debt in the US mortgage industry, its general manager said on Wednesday.

'We see real value on distressed debt-based on mortgage financing,' Manaf Alhajeri told the Reuters Middle East Investment Summit. 'We are looking very actively at opportunities,' he added.

Prices on some debt had fallen to between 40 per cent and 60 per cent of par value, he said. The fund would be between $50 million and $100 million.

Markaz, which has previously managed funds investing in warehousing or commercial property in the United States, would make its first investment for the new fund by the end of March, 2009, Alhajeri said.

'We see more value on the debt rather than on the property,' he said.

Markaz, which has about 25 per cent of the mutual fund market in Kuwait, has about $5 billion under management, Alhajeri said.-Reuters




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