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[05Apr13] [Collectibles] Fine wine, classic cars and musical instrumentsCollectibles markets expected to grow in 2013
[01Mar13] [Collectibles] The fine art marketTrends and outlook: Fine art investments
[31Oct12] [Commodity] Investing in goldResearch on the safe haven properties of gold and a fund launch
[09Oct12] [Commodity, Real Estate, Infrastructure] Real asset-based equitiesAnalyzing the performance of commodity-based equities, REITs and listed infrastructure-based equities
[21Sep12] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 21 Sep 2012A fine wine market analysis & A fund investing in Chinese artworks
[30Jul12] [Collectibles] Fine wine performanceEmpirical research on the performance of fine wine - Evidence from the Swiss market
[28Jun12] [Collectibles] A SQUAREPassion investment market movements in 2011
[26Apr12] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 26 Apr 2012Diamond investment special part III - A fund investing in gems, pearls and vintage jewelry
[17Apr12] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 17 Apr 2012Diamond investment special part II - A strategy trading loose, investment grade diamonds
[27Mar12] [Collectibles] Diamond investment special part IThe global market for investment grade diamonds
[05Mar12] [Commodity] Empirical performance of goldThe hedging and safe haven properties of gold
[30Dec11] [Collectibles] Art & wine performance in 2011An analysis of collectibles indexes
[10Oct11] [Commodity] Alternative gold assetsThe diversification, hedging and safe haven properties of alternative gold assets
[12Aug11] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 12 Aug 2011Elite Advisers' Precious Time: A fund investing in vintage watches
[01Jul11] [Collectibles] Growing wealth boosted demand for passion investments in 2010Demand driven by emerging economy HNWIs
[10Jun11] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 10 Jun 2011Investment grade diamonds: Fund launches and performance analysis
[26May11] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 26 May 2011Art investments: Recent trends and developments
[11Feb11] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 11 Feb 2011Two funds investing in classic cars
[28Jan11] [Commodity] A SQUARE 28 Jan 2011Agriculture commodities
[14Jan11] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 14 Jan 2011Investment grade diamonds as an asset class – Market analysis
[13Dec10] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 13 Dec 2010The markets for art, fine wine and antique books
[15Oct10] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 15 Oct 2010Pre-owned and vintage watches as an investment
[17Sep10] [Commodity] A SQUARE 17 Sep 2010Investing in commodities
[15Jul10] [Collectibles] A SQUARE 15 Jul 2010How will HNWI demand for luxury collectibles change in 2010?
[22Mar10] [Commodity] The base & precious metals market in 2010
[19Nov09] [Collectibles] A SQUARE: Vintage CarsDevelopments on the market for rare automobiles, featuring Dietrich Hatlapa, Founder, Historical Automobile Group
[18Jun09] [Commodity] Fund invests across the entire commodity spectrum via futures, options, physical tradingDirectional trades, calendar spreads relative value YTD performance (as of 31, May09): +13.76%
[28May09] [Commodity] Tactical and strategic insights on managing a commodity fundWhilst the amount of economic stimulus is unprecedented, the activity in physical commodity, such as copper, has begun to slow in relation to the first four months of 2009.
[22May09] [Commodity] Tactical and strategic insights on managing a commodity fundWhilst the amount of economic stimulus is unprecedented, the activity in physical commodity, such as copper, has begun to slow in relation to the first four months of 2009.
[12Mar09] [Collectibles: Violins] A fund that invests in stringed instrumentsThe history of appreciation of rare stringed instruments suggests the best returns occur over longer periods of time
[05Mar09] [Commodity] Expertise and insights on investing in “softs”The increased presence of speculators has affected volatility and short-term price movements, not long-term price levels.
[05Mar09] [Commodity] A systematic fundFund’s investment advisor has extensive experience and expertise in trading commodities
[26Feb09] [Collectibles: Vintage Cars] Should this car sell at auction, it is expected to set a new world record for a vintage motor car"...it is expected to fetch in excess of USD13 million"
[19Dec08] [Collectibles: Vintage Cars] Why the rarest of cars will continue to attract the interestCollector cars are not like commodities as each one has a definitive value, rarity and condition and therefore difficult to average or generalise values
[11Dec08] [Commodity] A Commodity FundManaged by specialists with 20 years of experience in trading oil and metals + 19.75% from Jan. -Nov.’08
[13Nov08] [Commodity, Volatility] A fund that focuses on trading energy related commodity, equity futuresYTD return as of 31Oct. ’08 of +30.88%
[14Oct08] [Commodity] Expertise on gold as a strategic asset - SpecialGold has generally been less volatile than other precious metals and other commodities.
[28Aug08] [Collectibles: Rare Coins] A rare, global coins companyInvestments may take the form of the purchase of individual coins or the purchase of portfolios of coins
[08Aug08] [Commodity] Short and Leveraged ETCsCommodity exposure: How do they differ from a short /leveraged position?
[25Jul08] [Commodity] Why hasn't the price of pulp risen as rapidly as some other commodities?Prospects of investing in pulp
[22May08] [Collectibles: Vintage Cars] The Ferrari market continues to be bullishA new world record was set, for the most expensive motor car ever to be sold in auction history
[08Apr08] [Commodity /Natural Resources] Fund of funds - Invests with managers that have commodity and natural resource “specific” exposure onlyFund of funds seeks to identify and invest with the „best of breed“ manager in the respective commodity, natural resource sector
[12Mar08] [Collectibles: Vintage Cars] 10 insider tips for classic car investingDo investments in vintage cars follow the same direction as financial markets?
[13Dec07] [Collectibles: Violins] Investing in violinsHistorically has shown a low correlation to other financial assets (stocks, bonds), low volatility -Risk are relatively low and easy to hedge
[29Aug07] [Collectibles: Violins] Fine Violins - IInvesting in stringed instruments has the potential to deliver uncorrelated to the financial market returns, that are stable (8-12%p.a.) with low volatility
[21Aug07] [Collectibles: Stamps] Expertise on investing in stamps and autographsThe rare stamp and autograph markets have an enviable price history, this sets them aside from other alternative investments. There is full data available, year by year, on every stamp ever printed. This amounts to over 4 mn stamps worldwide.
[13Jun07] [Collectibles: Vintage Cars] Ferrari Leggenda e Passione Sale"The sky is the limit!"... find out the secrets of valuation from auction guru Rob Myers vintange cars.
[16May07] [Collectibles: Stamps] Expertise on investing in rare stampsRare stamps are among the most portable of tangible investments, and are easy to store. They offer an attractive alternative to art, other collectible investments, and precious metals.
[03Apr07] [Commodity Alpha] The Merrill Lynch Commodity Alpha CertificateIs designed to generate commodity based performance in bull and bear markets
[03Apr07] [Collectibles: Rare US Coins] Gary Knaus Q & AReveals why coins are well suited for not just collectors…but investors!
[13Mar07] [Collectibles: Vintage Cars] Rob Myers Q & AShares his insights on investing in vintage cars…
[23Jan07] [Collectibles: Violins] Florian Leonard Fine Violins
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:
Trade financing is gaining traction with investors and one fund, the EuroFin Asia Group. Christian Stauffer, the founder and CEO of EuroFin explained in a recent interview
Opalesque Industry Update: US law firm Akin Gump has published a top 10 of FAQs on the AIFMD. The firm writes: On July 22 2013, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (“AIFMD”) is due to be implemented in every member state
Opalesque Industry Update: The Swiss Fund Association has announced that in May 2013, the volume of assets placed in the investment funds
covered by the statistics compiled by Swiss Fund Data AG and Lipper reached around
CHF 763 billion, a slight rise of
Opalesque Industry Update - HFR's UCITS indices report the HFRU Event Driven Index posted a decline of -1.06% through mid-June, from declines in Asian and Brazilian Special Situations, Merger Arbitrage and
This piece was contributed by Oliver Lodge of UK based Owl Regulatory Consulting.
Whatever our hazy recollections of the good old days, there never was a time when regulators were relaxed about the promotion of unregulated collective inve
Opalesque Industry Update: Managed futures lost 1.31% in May according to the Barclay CTA Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index remains up 0.61% year to date.
“May’s trend reversal in gl
Opalesque Industry Update - The Regulatory Fundamentals Group (RFG), a New York-based firm that provides strategic business and regulatory insights for alte
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia – North Carolina hedge fund manager James Alexander Shepherd pleaded guilty to defrauding investors of at least $6m after admitting to using a personal post office bo
By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
The Opalesque 2013 West Coast Roundtable, sponsored by Sunrise Capital,
Opalesque Industry Update: Hedge funds gained 1.06% in May, according to the Barclay Hedge Fund Index compiled by BarclayHedge. The Index is up 5.87% year to date.
“While improving consumer
Opalesque Industry Update – The Dow Jones Credit Suisse Hedge Fund Index (the “Broad
Index”) finished up 0.42% for the month of May.
Performance for the Broad Index and its 10 sub-strategies is
Opalesque Industry Update - LGT Capital Partners has been awarded a GBP 100 million multi-alternatives mandate from Kingfisher Pension Scheme. The mandate is focused exclusively on alternative investm
Opalesque Industry Update – The Newedge Trend Index fell 3.65% in May 2013 (3.74% YTD), relinquishing some of the gains from March and April. The Newedge Short-Term Trading Index finished slightly po
Opalesque Industry Update — RBC Capital Markets today reported that for the month of May 2013 the RBC Hedge 250 Index® had a net return of 0.60 percent. This brings the year-to-date return of the Inde
Opalesque Industry Update - Lyxor Asset Management (“Lyxor”) has announced the launch of the Lyxor / Tiedemann Arbitrage
Strategy Fund (the “Fund”), a
From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:
The Navigator Absolute Return Fund is maintaining its winning streak with consistent positive returns since inception in March ’08 after posting 0.67% in May (+3.29% YTD). The fund
Hedge fund launches rose in 1Q13 from the previous quarter, and totalled 297 funds, the third highest quarterly launch total since the beginning of 2008, reported HFR
Opalesque Industry Update — BarclayHedge and TrimTabs Investment Research reported today that hedge funds took in a net $430 million (0.02% of assets) in April 2013, building on an inflow of $817 mill
Opalesque Industry Update: The gross return of the SS&C GlobeOp Hedge Fund Performance Index for May 2013 measured 0.77%.
Hedge fund flows as measured by the SS&C GlobeOp Capital Movement Index ad
By: Andre Boreas, Director-Alternative Investments, Intralinks
I had the opportunity to attend a real estate conference a few weeks ago where the topic of transparency was a hot button issue. More information, quicker turnaround times and deeper due diligence was the mantra among the general par
This piece was authored by Melanie Rijkenberg, CFA, Associate Director, Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company Europe LLP.
Since the start of the year we have seen a clear de-correlation in global markets and most n
In the article below, Alex McKnight, investment manager at GAM, an independent, active investment management firm, comments on why convertibles are catching investors’ eyes.
We believe the "great rotation" is ov
This article was authored by Shahid Ikram, CIO at Aviva Investors, a global asset manager that is part of Aviva, one of the world’s largest insurance companies, and appeared first in Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps on Monday.
This article was authored by Donald A. Steinbrugge, Managing Member of Agecroft Partners LLC, a third-party marketer based in Richmond, VA, U.S.
It has been recently covered in the media that Mary Jo White, who became SEC chair
This article was authored by Deborah Prutzman, Founder and CEO of New York based-RFG, which provides, among other things, regulatory and risk guidance.
AIFMD—As a U.S. adviser, are you within its scope and can you avoid its reach?
This piece was provided by Elena Ambrosiadou, chief executive officer of Ikos Asset Management.
Cyprus is in the middle of a financial maelstrom - where did it come from and what needs to be done about it now? Cyprus is the third
This article was provided by Bijesh Amin, Co-Founder/Managing Director at Indus Valley Partners.
To shadow or not to shadow
At least that is the question facing many large hedge funds with assets well
above the magical $1bn mark.
The production of a portfolio NAV (Net Asset Value) is
Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: Reporting from the GAIM conference in Monaco, CooConnect finds that funds of funds are taking action over their fees.
The site writes: "Funds of funds have insist
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - The Japanese stock market got inflated by 80% in six months following Shinzo Abe’s appointment as Prime Minister in December 2012. Indeed, Abe almost immediately launched monetary policy, fiscal policy and economic growth strategies (two points of a three-poin
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Market participants have long been looking for the "great rotation," out of fixed income, which has been in the works for several months according to some forecasters. Yet, inflows to both fixed income and equities have largely remained unchanged in any real way.
By Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
The Opalesque 2013 West Coast Roundtable, sponsored by Sunrise Capital,
Featuring : A multi-family office backing prop traders, market makers and CTAs.Eric Wong from TCG Capital, a multi-family office based in Hong Kong, has found an interesting niche providing capital - mainly via managed accounts - to market makers, proprietary trading firms, and CTAs.
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Near Term Trend: NegativeMonday’s Close: $1,383.10 (- $4.50)UPDATE: In the last few weeks, we identified support at $1,340.00, and resistance at $1,420.00.Following the identification of those inflection points, the market dipped to $1,338.00 and then proceeded to rally to $1,424.00. On both occasions the levels were touched for just a few minutes before reversing.At this juncture, Gold volatility has contracted and is currently trading in a narrow range.A near term close above $1,394.50 could allow Gold to trade toward $1,440.00.