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A SQUARE 16 Jan 2007

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Pictet Water Fund

Focus: almost 70% of the portfolio is allocated to the water sector, in particular to those players that have a presence in global water infrastructure and in companies that build, operate and maintain the same.
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A SQUARE :: 16Jan07 A SQUARE 16 Jan 2007
Category Full A SQUARE issue of the week
Author Sona Blessing
Pictet Water Fund

Focus: almost 70% of the portfolio is allocated to the water sector, in particular to those players that have a presence in global water infrastructure and in companies that build, operate and maintain the same.

Strengths: pioneer in the field; high level of expertise

Practitioner's Point
UK based World Wine Exchange Ltd. introduced the world's first on-line wine trading floor. The World WineXchange is comparable to an international stock exchange and links wine merchants and stockists with wine buyers. Individual wines prices can be tracked real time by using the World Wine Index ticker. The service is offered free, and a 5% commission of the total transaction is charged from the buyer and seller.

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Focus: Global - asset based lending, credit strategies, factoring, etc. The fund targets an annual net return of 10% - 15% with an annual volatility of less than 3%.

Strengths: no down months, the fund offers a superior, uncorrelated, consistent return on a risk adjusted basis

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The mid year, 2005 to 2006 annual return in the Mei Moses Semi Annual All Art Index of over 22% is surpassed only by the returns in 1999 and the art bubble years of 1987 through 1990. The result significantly outpaced the 8.3%increase of the S&P 500 total return index in the same period. It is for the first time, the most recent 5 and 10 year returns for art 11.3% and 8.5% respectively, have exceeded the returns of stocks 2.5% and 8.3% respectively says Michael Moses who has developed the Mei Moses index with fellow professor Jianping Mei, at the Stern School of Business, NY. Moreover, based on their research, they have been able to establish that there is a low correlation between the semi annual percentage changes in art (the Mei Moses Art Index) and stocks (S&P 500 TR) Indices since 1961. This indicates that art should play a positive role in portfolio diversification says Moses.

“Responsability” Global Microfinance Fund

Focus: Social investing/micro finance (mf) and fair trade investing. The portfolio consists of loans and indirect lending to micro finance institutions (mfis) globally - through partners, mandates or via specialised investment vehicles.

Strengths: ability to identify and select: investment recipients in developing/ transition countries and establish a network of experts in those markets

“Responsability” Global Microfinance Fund

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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