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A SQUARE 20 Mar 2007

Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Da Vinci Fund generates performance from volatility as an asset class
The Da Vinci Fund platform includes volatility arbitrage in the form of sophisticated long/short gamma strategies, gamma scalping. It specialises in arbitrage strategies based o.

A SQUARE :: 20Mar07 A SQUARE 20 Mar 2007
Category Full A SQUARE issue of the week
Author Sona Blessing
Da Vinci Fund generates performance from volatility as an asset class
The Da Vinci Fund platform includes volatility arbitrage in the form of sophisticated long/short gamma strategies, gamma scalping. It specialises in arbitrage strategies based on highly advanced computer programming techniques.
The fund targets market niche opportunities where inherent and momentary price inefficiencies exist. Their proprietary statistical models and automated trading robots monitor global markets and exploit situations where unexpected events push derivative prices unrealistically high or low.

Spread trading accounts for 70% of their trading strategy: ie. pairs trading, volatility spreads. There is an execution risk because differences occur but only in a very short time frame.

Private Investments in Public Equities (PIPEs)
Mitch Hull separates the facts from the fiction in this promising space
Mitch Hull has over a decade of experience, is founder of Hull Capital Management, LLC, and shares his insights on private investments in public equities (PIPEs)...


“In a PIPE offering there are less regulatory issues with the SEC” ... then why is investing in them perceived with such notoriety?


The “notoriety” in a PIPE transaction is really a function of historical biases created in the early days of
PIPE investing. In the mid to late 90’s PIPEs, known at the time as Reg. D Private Placements, were new
to the capital markets and the dominant transaction structure was the floorless floating convertible bond.


It was embraced by a vast majority (at present it constitutes 5% of the market). This structure is known more pejoratively as the “toxic convertible” or “death spiral” as a number of dot com companies that had used this structure experienced negative outcomes when the Internet “bubble burst”. Many of those issuers’business models proved to be failures – and some erroneously continue to blame the PIPE structure for the same.

Today, very few transactions are completed with floating conversion features.

Litigation investing
the last in the series …Sovereign Litigation Investment Trust IV – specialises in patent infringements
Sovereign Litigation Investment Trust - SLIT IV Profile: The SLIT IV trust will invest in patent infringement cases, such as the case currently filed against Intel.


The trust will invest more money per case, and have only a few cases (probably10 or less). Investors will receive an accumulated 25% annualised priority yield - and stand to receive an additional 30%


Some of these cases will take quite a while to settle, but returns can be very big or completely wiped -off.

global Microfinance ...
More on microfinance
Investing in global Microfinance ... responsAbility


What is Microfinance? Microfinance (mf) provides financial services for poor but economically active people in developing and transitioning countries.

Access to credit and other financial services is crucial in development terms, since it promotes micro-entrepreneurial activity, which contributes towards the end of creating a stable and sustainable income stream.

Unlike people in industrialised nations, access to financial services for these people is difficult to manage owing to a lack of adequate collateral.

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