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A SQUARE 29 Aug 2007

Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Mont Blanc Select
offers access to a robust, diversified portfolio of non-correlated investments - primarily in the asset based lending (ABL) and highly collateralised asset space
Fund offers “non-correlating” high risk adjusted returns.

A SQUARE :: 29Aug07 A SQUARE 29 Aug 2007
Category Full A SQUARE issue of the week
Author Sona Blessing
Mont Blanc Select
offers access to a robust, diversified portfolio of non-correlated investments - primarily in the asset based lending (ABL) and highly collateralised asset space
Fund offers “non-correlating” high risk adjusted returns
• Falls outside the purview of traditional banks, hence there will always be a need for asset based lending
• Exploit inefficiency in capital-and credit market

Expertise on Asset Based Lending with Santo Volpe - II
How robust are ABL investments under the present market conditions
Direct lending in the private sector with no secondary market will not be “affected” by the current market conditions. However, it doesn’t mean that these investments are of any better quality. They are less liquid by definition – i.e. there is no “market” for them.

Fine Violins - I
Investing in stringed instruments has the potential to deliver uncorrelated to the financial market returns, that are stable (8-12%p.a.) with low volatility
Supply constrained as contemporary violin makers cannot rival the craftsmanship of 17th -18th c. luthiers
Strong demand as these instruments are irreplaceable for classical performances
Locked-in appreciation afforded by the scarcity value of the stringed instrument

Rail car led investing
To accrue operating and cost efficiencies, rail car operators increasingly prefer to lease rail cars
Leasing affords flexibility, ability to focus on core competencies as opposed to pursuing an expensive-labour intensiveintegrated
approach of managing and servicing a railcar fleet

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