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Insurance

[21Nov07] A Cat Bond Fund
    Fund invests in insurance linked securities essentially in the form of bonds

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[24Oct07] An investment manager that specialises in catastrophe reinsurance and weather risk
    Active in the space for over a decade, we recognised that there was a gap between the two capital markets: institutional investors seeking non-correlated returns and insurance markets seeking additional risk capacity.

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[19Sep07] H21 ILS Opportunities Ltd.
    The fund invests in a diversified portfolio of instruments linked to insurance risks (life and non life)

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[05Sep07] Innovative modelling from RMS' perspective
    We encourage clients to understand model sensitivity by making it possible to explore how to test assumptions around the severity and frequency of events.

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[05Sep07] Transferring catastrophe risk to capital markets
    Transferring catastrophe risk to the capital markets is conceptually similar to transferring credit risk through credit-linked securities. Yet,...

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[05Sep07] How do models for natural catastrophes differ from those for terrorism catastrophes?
    The framework used to model terrorism risk is similar to that of natural catastrophes.

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[31Jul07] Horizon Fund
    Access to to cat bonds, life and non life insurance securitisations and weather derivatives via a fund structure

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[23May07] Securis I Fund
    The fund invests primarily in assets which carry exposure to insurance risk, in particular, insurance-linked securities (ILS). The returns arise from receipt of cash flows over time.

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[10May07] Securitisation - Non Life Risks
    Investor appetite for insurance linked securities (ILS) continues to grow since they bear little to no correlation with the defaults of most other securities, and therefore offer greater diversification in an investment portfolio

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Intellectual Property

[22Jul11] A SQUARE 22 Jul 2011
    Investing in domain names - The Domain Developers Fund

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[11Jun09] An Intellectual Property Fund
    Seeks to build a diverse portfolio of patents related to various products, services, technologies, market applications and extracts revenue by engaging the assets in a structured licensing program …

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Intellectual Property Rights

[19Feb09] Passive, Synthetic Royalty Financing Opportunity
    The investment thesis and approach allows them to "exit quarterly" through cash payments rather than relying on the capital markets to generate liquidity - as the investments begin to return capital immediately

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Interactive

[23Jul09] A SQUARE
    Do alternative alpha and beta exist?

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Life Settlements

[16Jan13] A SQUARE 16 Jan 2013
    Investing in the U.S. life settlement market - Traymar Capital

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[14Jun10] A SQUARE 14 Jun 2010
    Investing in the life settlements market

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[01Oct09] A SQUARE: Developments in the life settlement market
    Market overview, regulatory changes and investment opportunities in the field of life settlements

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[30Jul09] Investing in a viatical policy
    In Canada there is no organised market for either product, so there is huge growth potential.

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[28May09] Due diligence - an in-depth medical analysis
    Typically we are asked to examine high value policies - i.e. greater than USD 3mn; as within senior life settlements, this is where the investor focus has tended to be.

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[23Apr09] Insights on Life Expectancy Convergence
    Eventually, we believe the only players in this industry; will be those that pursue a hold-to-maturity strategy when purchasing the policies

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[09Apr09] Structural changes and how investors need to position themselves
    We have observed a shift in the life settlement market: from one that was largely broker driven to one that is now investor driven.

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[22May08] What is life insurance premium financing?
    Premium finance and life insurance have not traditionally been associated with one another - however, the premium financing of life insurance is a viable option.

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[01Apr08] Life Settlement Securitisation
    Securitised life settlement portfolios have in the past produced double-digit returns.

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[13Feb08] A fund that invests in life settlements
    Trade Endowment Policies, TEPs - are still available to investors at a deep discount from their expected maturity values

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[24Jan08] Longevity and mortality index based swaps
    Realised life span differs from expected lifespan - resulting in a price change in the asset or liability

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[05Dec07] Expertise on life settlements: chances and challenges
    Most of the insurance companies have grown to realise that the life settlement industry is a recognised industry that is here to stay

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[21Aug07] AA Life Fund
    Fund of funds that invests in US life settlements

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[06Feb07] Life Settlements
    Drawing on 30 years of experience and expertise

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Litigation Led Investing

[03Dec10] A SQUARE 03 Dec 2010
    Litigation funding in the U.K.

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[15Aug08] Webinar
    Insights and exertise on the various facets of litigation led investing

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[25Apr07] Litigation funding is here to stay
    John Walker shares his views on why it is here to stay, if it is investable and why it isn’t controversial…

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