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Core satellite approach: an alternative, using index investing … with Alex Hinder
  With ETFs one is capable of acquiring exposure to geographically diversified, sector, style (growth ,value). In the context of wealth management 90-95% o.

A SQUARE :: 05Dec07 A SQUARE 05 Dec 2007
Category Full A SQUARE issue of the week
Author Sona Blessing
Core satellite approach: an alternative, using index investing … with Alex Hinder
  With ETFs one is capable of acquiring exposure to geographically diversified, sector, style (growth ,value). In the context of wealth management 90-95% of long term performance can be captured with asset allocation, strategic and tactical structuring of w
  As an alternative to actively managed funds, I favour and work with the following “building blocks”:
• Index funds, that replicate an index
• Enhanced Index funds - a combination of index funds and actively managed funds
• Exchange traded funds (ETFs)
• Index certificates - wrappers (structured products) around an index

An Asian Currency Fund
  Expertise in trading Asian currencies: (24.33% YTD as of 29.11) - the strategy has been run as a managed account since Feb.06
  Exposure to the more liquid Asian currency pairs

Expertise on life settlements: chances and challenges
  Most of the insurance companies have grown to realise that the life settlement industry is a recognised industry that is here to stay
  Before life settlements, the only option the insured had was to stop making premium payments and let the policy lapse, thus losing all the premium investment made over the years, or they could cash the policy in for whatever cash surrender value may exist usually much less than the sum total of the premiums paid.
A life settlement provides an option for insureds that don’t need their policy.

A fund uncovers structural inefficiencies in China, Brazil, Russia
  Within credit markets, a structural inefficiency (that has been exacerbated by the recent crises) stems from the fact that the banking system is generally less willing to provide loans to solid small/micro cap companies.
  SMEs in China and more broadly in Asia, still have restricted access to traditional forms of financing, particularly outside their normal capital expenditure and working capital requirements. Many banks established very restrictive lending policies in the aftermath of the Asian crisis, and are still not ready to take on more risk. Complex and inefficient local legal regimes pose significant barriers to entry for external capital providers...

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