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The opportunity set for timberland investing in Australia
Radio Feature 28: Robert Eastment in conversation with Sona Blessing
Friday, September 23, 2011 Hobart - Tasmania
img In an exclusive interview Robert Eastment, Director of IndustryEdge, Forest Pulp and Paper Market Intelligence Service, shares his insights on the opportunity set for timberland investments in Australia – cost of land, markets for its timber exports, how harnessing bio energy and claiming carbon credits against forests could fit into the investment equation...

Why operational risk is a source of alpha
Radio Feature 27: Professor Stephen Brown in conversation with Sona Blessing
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - ZHAW FoHFs Investor Annual Day
img Professor Stephen Brown is the David S. Loeb Chair of Finance at the New York University Stern School of Business. In this live radio feature he shares his expertise and research finding on operation risk.

Syndex Replication
Radio Feature 26: Christof Schmidhuber in conversation with Sona Blessing
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
img Christof Schmidhuber, is a partner at Syndex Capital Management.
          Formerly he was Global Head of Hedge Fund Risk Management at Credit Suisse and a member of the investment committee. He and his teams in Zurich and New York were responsible for operational due diligence and market risk monitoring of several hundred hedge fund managers, and of multi-manager portfolios with AuM exceeding USD20 billion.
          In this radio feature he elaborates on how and why Syndex replication is different and how it can be integrated into an asset allocation mandate

Investment opportunities in wind power development
Radio Feature 25: Patrick Graham in conversation with Sona Blessing
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
img Patrick Graham is director of Renewable Energy Services at James W. Sewall Company, an engineering and natural resources consulting firm. He draws on 19 years of engineering and environmental consulting experience and shares his views on investment opportunities in wind power development...

Chasing rumours in the market
Radio Feature 24: Mark Schindler in conversation with Sona Blessing
Monday, August 15, 2011
img Mark Schindler is the author of Rumors in Financial Markets: Insights into Behavioral Finance, (Wiley) which provides insights into how rumours evolve, spread, are traded on, and provides explanations as to why volatility rockets ...and amongst others why herding behaviour occurs for apparently no good reason. He shares his take on and analyses why markets have behaved the way they did over the last few weeks...

Could you envisage moving back to a Gold Standard?
Radio Feature 23: Marcus Grubb in conversation with Sona Blessing
Thursday, August 04, 2011
img Marcus Grubb is managing director, Investment, at the World Gold Council and in this feature he shares his expertise on the demand - supply dynamics playing out in the gold market ... including measures used to determine, in inflation adjusted terms, when and whether gold has reached its historical high...

Why European high yield still has potential
Radio Feature 22: Michael Poole in conversation with Sona Blessing
Thursday, July 14, 2011
img In this live feature Michael Poole who is a fund manager within Threadneedle's high yield investment team shares why despite looming European sovereign debt led concerns he still believes there is upside left in European high yield... and why it is a very attractive asset class for the current environment.

"The Case for an Emerging CTA Index"
Radio Feature 21: Ranjan Bhaduri in conversation with Sona Blessing
Friday, July 08, 2011
img Based on extensive research they have conducted, Ranjan Bhaduri, Chief Research Officer and Global Head of Research at AlphaMetrix Alternative Investment Advisors is going to talk us through "The Case for an Emerging CTA Index."

Extracting performance from volatility
Radio Feature 20: Chris Biedermann in conversation with Sona Blessing
Monday, July 04, 2011
img To share his experience with us on a tactical approach to investing in volatility is Chris Biedermann, managing director equity derivatives at Nomura.

"...It's the marginal barrel of oil that affects the price so these 2 ml barrels of oil a day are very significant..."
Radio Feature 19: Gus Majed in conversation with Sona Blessing
Monday, June 27, 2011
img Drawing on his 15 years of experience in proprietary oil trading, including as former Partner at Vitol SA, and to share his take on the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recent surprise move of releasing 60 million barrels of oil, is Gus Majed, Founder of Beca Advisors.

Works of art continued to perform - prices that defied gravity during 2008-2009
Radio Feature 18: Philip Hoffman in conversation with Sona Blessing
Monday, June 13, 2011
img In a live interview, Philip Hoffman, chief executive of The Fine Art Fund Group, shares his take on the trends in investing in art; why institutional investors are allocating to this asset class and why at the top end of the art market, prices have bounced back and are above the world record prices of 2008.

The geographic information system (GIS) which includes geographic area files describing the "lay-of-the-timberland", forms the foundation for determining amongst others the cash flow estimates
Timberland Radio Special Series IV - Bret Vicary in conversation with Sona Blessing
Friday, June 10, 2011
img In this Timberland Special Feature, Bret Vicary, vice president, forestry and natural resource consulting at James W. Sewall Company, who specialises in timberland investment analysis and appraisals, is going to share why appraisals pose a challenge for investors? Towards that end, he shares how effective and useful GIS (an acronym for geographic information system), remote sensing and aerial photography can be in determining timberland inventory...

Hedge funds, at Credit Suisse's Asset Management division are currently an asset allocation overweight
Radio Feature 17: Anja Hochberg in conversation with Sona Blessing
Monday, June 06, 2011
img In this feature, Anja Hochberg, Head Investment Strategy at Credit Suisse’s Asset Management division, shares their tactical and strategic asset allocation outlook and potential investment opportunities on the radar screen...including why hedge funds, at Credit Suisse's Asset Management division are currently an asset allocation overweight, why they expect the trend in inflation will be upward rather than downwards, and amongst others why gold as a strategic investment continues to be favoured...

Despite the odds why investors should consider/continue to invest in carbon markets
Radio Feature 16: Tanja Havemann in conversation with Sona Blessing
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
img In this feature Tanja Havemann, director of Beyond Carbon shares why despite the credit crisis, inconclusive Copenhagen and Cancun Kyoto Protocol talks and the scandals that affected the carbon market earlier this year, she still sees investment opportunities and, why shifting toward implementing regional schemes (fragmentation in markets) as opposed to waiting for global consensus on regulation has its advantages...

Coping with increased risk management and a changing regulatory environment
Radio Feature 15: Ioannis Akkizidis in conversation with Sona Blessing
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
img Ioannis Akkizidis, is product manager and financial risk analyst at FRSGlobal (which became part of Wolters Kluwer financial services in September 2010), he is also visiting lecturer at The University of Zurich. In this feature he highlights the significance, relevance and need, especially post the credit crisis, for institutions to embrace unified financial analysis (integrating market conditions with counterparty quality and behaviour related risk via financial instruments; where performance is driven by that of liquidity, value and income in a consistent and transparent manner)

Exploiting the cyclicality and seasonality aspect of investing in Insurance Linked Investments (ILI) to capture performance
Radio Feature 14: Michael Stahel in conversation with Sona Blessing
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
img Michael Stahel, head Insurance-Linked Investments at Clariden Leu assesses how insurers/reinsurers will likely cope with, on the one hand the significant losses caused by the occurrence of natural catastrophes in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and on the other, the challenges posed in embracing modelling agency, Risk Management Solution’s (RMS) latest version 11. He shares what he believes the remainder of the year might have in store for insurers/reinsurers, policy holders and investors.

Radio Feature 13: Nicolas Robin in conversation with Sona Blessing
Extracting performance from commodity volatility
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
img In this feature Nicolas Robin, co-manager of the Threadneedle (Lux) Enhanced Commodities Fund discusses how to deal with and reduce the impact of contango and the cost of carry; although commodities are tagged as being "very liquid" why this liquidity is uneven along the curve; whether there is a disconnect between the fundamentals and the prices commodities are trading at; why he doesn't use the word "bubble"...

Operational due diligence: Considerations that can make the process effective
Radio Feature 12: Carlos Ferreira in conversation with Sona Blessing
Thursday, April 28, 2011
img The role of managing operational risk for a hedge fund or fund of funds continues to pose a challenge - especially, as numerous exogenous factors (such as changes in regulation, taxation, structures etc.) continue to increase the level of uncertainty, complexity and costs. Carlos Ferreira is a Director at PAAMCO's Investment Operations Group and oversees PAAMCO's firm-wide Operational Due Diligence team. In this feature he shares his expertise on the subject, on how managers are coping and the key considerations.

The implications of the recent Japan earthquake for those invested in insurance risk transfer instruments - insurance linked securities - and why now might even be an opportune time to invest.
Radio Feature 11: Karsten Bromann in conversation with Sona Blessing
Friday, April 01, 2011
img Together with Solidum Partners, Karsten Bromann, I discuss the implications of the recent Japan earthquake for those invested in insurance risk transfer instruments - insurance linked securities - and we also explore why now might even be an opportune time to invest.

How the TIMO structure has evolved and the challenges that lie ahead since HTRG offered institutional investors their first timberland investment fund, ForesTree One, in 1984
Timberland Radio Feature Special Series - III
Friday, March 25, 2011 at The University of Georgia’s Timberland Investment Conference
In a conversation with Sona Blessing, Court Washburn, Managing Director and CIO of the Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG), shares how the timberland investment management organisation (TIMO) structure, management and investing strategy have evolved and the challenges that lie ahead since they offered institutional investors their first timberland investment fund, ForesTree One, in 1984.

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