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A SQUARE 01 Apr 2008

Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Expertise on weather derivatives
  CME’s platform is really geared at larger standardised contracts and our platform is geared at customised contracts
  Our clients includes ski resorts protecting against warm winter seasons.

A SQUARE :: 01Apr08 A SQUARE 01 Apr 2008
Category Full A SQUARE issue of the week
Author Sona Blessing
Expertise on weather derivatives
  CME’s platform is really geared at larger standardised contracts and our platform is geared at customised contracts
  Our clients includes ski resorts protecting against warm winter seasons, to sports team protecting against rain during a few key hours. We have sold contracts priced from USD1, all the way up to several million dollars. Our unique technology approach affords us the opportunity to address the needs of a very broad swath of businesses.

A Global Currency Fund
  Incisive understanding of commodity currency behaviour
  Fund tends to exhibit relative outperformance when: volatility is increasing

Life Settlement Securitisation
  Securitised life settlement portfolios have in the past produced double-digit returns.
  A couple of the main drivers behind this increase in regulation are the growth in institutional investment capital and the protection of consumer rights. The adoption of the legislation from the Model Acts is subject to evaluation on a state-by-state level. These Acts are designed to set forth guidelines to better outline Stranger-Originated Life Insurance (STOLI) transactions, compensation disclosure, and other hot-button issues.

Investing in non-prime auto paper
  Based on my experience, and rather ironically, good times are more perilous than bad.
  In the non-prime auto loan space, I believe the challenges and opportunities are very similar in both during economic downturns and prosperous times. Irrespective, the default rate seems to hover around 25 – 26% for the very worst credit categories. For a speciality finance company such as ours, thorough due diligence in credit underwriting and collections is imperative - more than macro economic factors.

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