Markus Bachmann co-founded Craton Capital in 2003. He is the advisor of the Craton Capital Precious Metal Fund and the Global Resources Fund.
Markus holds a Master (MA) in Business and Economics (cum laude) from the University of Berne, Switzerland.
Markus started his career in the corporate finance department of the Credit Suisse Group, before joining SBC Brinson Asset Management Emerging Markets team in 1997. There he was assigned responsibility for the analysis and portfolio management for the equity markets of Greece, Portugal, the Middle East (including Israel) and Africa.
In 2000 he joined Coronation Fund Managers in Cape Town, South Africa, as a senior portfolio manager and global resources specialist, becoming the responsible fund manager for various retail products and institutional mandates. In 2001, he received the S&P Award for the best performing large cap equity unit trust in South Africa.
Markus has been the responsible advisor for the Craton Capital Precious Metal Fund since its inception in 2003, a fund enjoying recognition as one of the world’s top performers in its sector. He is also the advisor of the Craton Capital Global Resources Fund.
“I started out in corporate finance in Switzerland, in 1995. The analysis and the assessment of small to medium sized enterprises was an invaluable practice ground for learning what makes these companies tick – or not.
I was always attracted by asset management and its complexities and challenges, and fortunately a couple of years later I was given an opportunity at SBC Brinson Asset Management to enter the industry. Subsequently, I became an analyst and fund manager for parts of the emerging markets universe.
I began to get intensively involved in what later became the Craton Capital universe: precious metals and commodities, on both the company and macro level. As an analyst, I was also involved in other sectors (financial institutions, technology and industrial companies) which gave me from day one a comparative exposure to other sectors, a broader perspective which served me well, and has continued to do so right up to the current date.
In early 2000, I emigrated to South Africa, where I took responsibility for funds and mandates at Coronation Fund Managers in Cape Town.
Advising and investing became and remains a passion; independence a constant theme. Precious metals and global resources always fascinated and intrigued me as among the most complex and challenging of all asset classes, amalgamating to the highest degree company analysis and macroeconomics with fiscal policies, corporate achievements (or shortcomings), grand triumph and abject failure on an epic global scale.
The establishment of Craton Capital in 2003 was almost inevitable: the only logical route to fulfill this passion and the vision for independence.”
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