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Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Cumulus Weather Fund
has the capability to trade - equities, commodities and weather derivatives – from a weather perspective
Portfolio focuses on weather events - seeking to assess the effects of short-term weather on underlying asset prices.

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Author Sona Blessing
Cumulus Weather Fund
has the capability to trade - equities, commodities and weather derivatives – from a weather perspective
Portfolio focuses on weather events - seeking to assess the effects of short-term weather on underlying asset prices - and trading only when fundamentals and weather signals are aligned Default allocations of 40% each to the commodity and equity portfolios and 20% to weather derivatives Equities universe: 500 international large and mid caps Commodity universe: energy and environmental commodities Weather derivatives: a diversified portfolio - excluding catastrophe bonds and similar “fat tail” structures

After last week’s ABL portray
George Tintor elaborates on asset-backed securities
Based on your experience, what makes an investment in asset-backed securities lucrative?

The basic value in asset-backed securities, including collateralised debt obligations and collateralised loan obligations, is derived from the ability to tranche the capital structure tranactions, from AAA to “equity” classes. This allows for an efficient distribution of the underlying risk to investors with varying
risk profiles. As a result asset-backed securities achieve a higher yield at any given rating level than traditional fixed income securities.
Skilled fund managers go a step further as they are capable of identifying and exploiting relative value opportunities prevalent in the asset-backed security market. These can be very profitable and
are caused by: supply/demand imbalances, complexity premiums, rating agency inconsistencies, etc

Ingenious Ventures
Music VCTs ,venture capital trusts, provide an innovative opportunity, with significant downside protection, to invest in a portfolio of music companies

Focus: Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) provide an innovative opportunity, with significant downside protection, to invest in a portfolio of music companies (each, an Investee Company) that will be engaged in the creation and exploitation of intellectual property rights.

Strengths: managed by Ingenious Ventures - which is the venture capital arm of Ingenious Media plc, a specialist media finance business. It has proven experience of successfully structuring, promoting and managing investment opportunities across the entertainment industry and is the largest VCT of its kind in the UK with over GBP15 mn of funds under management.

Weakness: liquidity constraints

Electronically Traded Fund
and how they are being used in portfolio allocation.
Although ETFs have been around for almost a decade, why have the only gained popularity over the last few years?
Since they were first launch in Europe in April 2000, ETFs have demonstrated impressive annual asset growth rates between 39% and 78%. As with any new financial instrument it requires some time for investors to learn about its benefits for them to invest.

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