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A SQUARE 23 May 2007

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Securis I Fund
  • The fund invests primarily in assets which carry exposure to insurance risk, in particular, insurance-linked securities (ILS). The returns arise from receipt of cash flows over time.
  ILS are securi.

A SQUARE :: 23May07 A SQUARE 23 May 2007
Category Full A SQUARE issue of the week
Author Sona Blessing
Securis I Fund
  • The fund invests primarily in assets which carry exposure to insurance risk, in particular, insurance-linked securities (ILS). The returns arise from receipt of cash flows over time.
  ILS are securities issued by an insurance or reinsurance company or other insurance risk aggregator and purchased by capital market investors. As a result, insurance risks of various types - for example, mortality, longevity, certain property classes or catastrophe – can be transferred from the issuer to the owner of the security.
The process of issuing such securities is commonly referred to as insurance securitisation.
By owning an ILS, the Master Fund will own the right to future cash flows. The expected returns from these securities will mainly depend on the occurrence and severity of insurance events, as well as, to some extent, general capital market movements

Expertise on electricity, water and weather related investing
  Investments in these markets is still considered "exotic" for the great majority of investors. It is not, of course, that the underlying physical manifestation of any of these markets is exotic - in fact, they are all quite ordinary. It is that
  I think investors have come to recognise the potential and that there are opportunities in water, weather and electricity related investments. But a lot are getting the whole long-only talking head version that we see in the media. It is quite one-sided and sensational, and for serious, professional investors, this type of euphoria is always cause for pause. In fact, the latter are waiting for the downside to materialise to really understand the risks and how they are not always linked to the fundamental story of a particular market.

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  • No two properties are alike in terms of their physical characteristics, occupiers or ownership. This lack of transparency creates opportunities for investors with competitive advantages in market knowledge and experience. These factors, combined with the equity characteristics of tradable equities, create inefficient but liquid markets in which local knowledge and stock-specific research can unearth excellent investments, giving investors a wider opportunity set for achieving above-market performance

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  Forests are beginning to be managed for both timber production and conservation. In the process, suggests, that this selective approach to forest management can be equally profitable, while also increasing the biological integrity of the forest and allowi
  Natural forest management nourishes ecosystem services, such as carbon storage and water purification, for which markets are now emerging. It also seeks to improve forest health, employ local people and build values over the long term, it has been formed for perpetual life.

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