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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
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Activist hedge fund manager William Ackman is not having a good start
this 2016. His Pershing Square Holdings declined 18.6% this year on the
back of lingering market volatility, reported
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Puerto Rico may be getting a bad rap for defaulting on its credits and the plan of Gov. Alejandro García Padilla to restructure $70 billion in debt, but hedge fund manager John Paulson thinks there are opportunities in the unincorporated U.S. territory.
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Acrospire Investment Management LLC, a spin-out from Rotella Capital Management (RCM), began trading as an independent entity from its new Chicago offices on 1s
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Ian Hamilton, Founder&Group Chief Executive Officer of IDS Fund Services said that hedge fund managers should know their limits and choose to close a fund at the right time to new investors. They should not
Opalesque Industry Update - The Malta Financial Services Authority [MFSA] has announced the launch of a new framework applicable for notification of Alternative Investment Funds [the Notified AIFs] which will be promoted to qualifying or professional investors. The AIFs falling within the scope of t
By: IMD Professor Nuno Fernandes on worldwide market turmoil
The recent steep slides on global stock markets have been a long time in the making. As early as two years ago, it was becoming obvious that in addition to the contraction of global demand, as well as the general increase in the relati
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: "Old fashioned" funds of hedge funds still have a role to play in the
changing market because these portfolios allow managers to adapt their
exposure, said Bruno Wicki, who is representing the State Bank of
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: A hedge fund director provides her perspective on emerging hedge fund managers. She will happily work with those who have set themselves up for future growth, s
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The volatile and uncertain market, particularly in an environment of zero inflation and risk of deflation, will make a six percent and seven percent yield to be the exception moving forward, said Ian Hamilton, Founder & Group Chief Executive Officer of
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Chicago-based Madison Street Capital, an M&A advisor, has released its annual market outlook, and in it suggests that 2016 will be another strong year for hedge fund M&A. Since 2014, the number of hedge fund M&A deals has steadily increased. According to data in
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers: Delegates at the recent Opalesque Caymans Roundtable, all service providers to t
In the week ending 05 February 2016 it was reported that quant hedge funds, who use mathematical models to bet across asset classes, raised a net $29bn last year, reversing a $16bn outflow in 2014. Meanwhile, a report by Barclays has found that recent trends in fees, liquidity and transparency sugge
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The creation of Cayman Enterprise City is what separates the Cayman Islands away from the "competition," stated Peter Huber, the Global Head of Fiduciary Services at Maples Fund Services and a member of the Executiv
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The institutionalization of the alternative investments space has its pros and cons but it has made more it more difficult for smaller startup managers, said Peter Huber, the Global Head of Fiduciary Services at Maples
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The Board of Directors of Swiss alternative investment firm ALTIN AG has called for an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on March 16 on the insistence of two of its main shareholders to discuss the replacement of thr
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Cayman’s proposed EU Connect Funds are an exciting development for the hedge fund industry, as this would enable funds to passport across the European Union, said Jason Allison, a partner in the investment funds group at
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: According to delegates at the latest Opalesque Cayman Roundtable, large hedge fund managers in the US have started to limit access to company computer systems from mobile devices, in a move to strengthen cybersecurity. The move highlights the level of cyber threats
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Cayman regulators are considering changes to the LLC laws there, and that could lead to an increase in the number of governance committees, according to delegates at the recent Opalesque Cayman Roundtable. Updates to the LLC laws follow an earlier update to the
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Singapore-based fund management firm APS Asset Management saw its APS Japan Alpha Fund gain +10.56% (gross) in 4Q 2015, outperforming the benchmark by 3.05 percentage points. TOPIX Net Index’s returned 7.51% during the
In the week ending 29 January, 2016, AIMA reported that hedge funds outperformed stocks and bonds on a risk-adjusted basis last year; a study by Beachhead Capi
By: David Frank, CFA
CEO & Managing Partner at Stonehaven, LLC
Over Stonehaven’s 15 year history we have witnessed and played a role in many shifting dynamics across the alternative investment industry. We are well-positioned in the marketplace to see trends with a 26 person platform repres
By IMD Professor Nuno Fernandes
As Game of Thrones fans know, "winter is coming" in the new episodes slated for 2016, and with it a season of uncertainty. The outlook for the show’s Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is very similar to that of the current world economy and a lot of big questions remain
By Stan Altshuller, Novus
While there is little doubt that 2015 was a challenging year for many hedge funds, there were a few bright spots where managers were able to capture value and add alpha. In short, what worked in 2015 were stocks in the mega-cap space that were responsible for the majori
Jerome Lussan CEO of Laven Partners participated on a panel alongside Janaya Moscony (President of SEC3/CCO3 Compliance Services), Barry Champney (CCO at Vanderbilt Securities), Michael Isaac (CCO at Stadion Money Management) and moderator David Nash (Vice-President of Compliance Science) on the man
By: Carne Group
The issue of a lack of female directors on corporate boards has risen up the regulatory and political agenda recently, and managers of public money in particular are focusing on the issue of diversity on fund boards. A recent article published by FT Ignites has pointed out that w
By Bruce Frumerman.
How long is the selling cycle now? That’s a question my financial communications and sales marketing consulting firm has been asked on a regular basis by hedge fund firm owners and sales people, ever since we opened the doors to our firm in 1987 pre-crash.
This article was written by Carne, an international specialist in the provision of independent governance services and European management company solutions to the global asset management industry.
A recent SEC action has highlighted how concerned regulators have become about data intru
This article was authored by Laven Partners, a provider of compliance, due diligence and operations services based in London.
The collapse of the financial sector in 2008, its aftermath and resulting enquires into the notoriously bad
From FT.com: Credit Suisse Asset Management plans to cherry pick profitable concepts from hedge funds with the launch in Europe of a “best ideas” strategy. The investment arm of the Swiss bank said the strategy will separate it from other funds blighted by “overcrowding problems”. It comes at a time
Hedge funds bet on risks in U.S. blue-chip debt
From WSJ.com: Hedge funds are betting the next bond sector to crack will be the $4.5 trillion market for the safest U.S. corporate debt. New York’s Perry Capital has placed a $1 billion wager against investment-grade bonds issued by 10 comp
Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass is shorting real estate—again
From Fortune.com: He also predicted the mortgage crisis in 2008. Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, who runs Dallas-based Hayman Capital, tanked the stock of a little-known real estate financier Friday by revealing that he is shorting
Real estate secondaries sole 'bright spot' in 2015
From IPE.com: The secondary market for property was the sole “bright spot” over the course of 2015, as hedge fund secondaries saw deals fall by two-thirds, according to a wide-ranging survey of the market. Setter Capital said 2015 saw th
From Nasdaq.com: Investor Kyle Bass stepped up his attack on China's currency, arguing in an investor letter distributed Wednesday that the second-largest economy's foreign reserves are "already below a critical level." The comments mark the latest effort by hedge funds and other investors to raise
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Near Term Trend: NegativeMonday's Trade: 1.24954 (- 23)UPDATE: Same theme for the last six weeks; "NO CHANGE: In light of the slight bounce, the overall trend in Euro remains negative. Pressure in U.S. Stocks could invite the inverse trade in Euro (buying Euro)". Hence, until that happens, Euro remains under overall pressure.**For those traders who wish to scalp the long side of Euro, place stops below the recent lows (1.2358).