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Oil Sands

[21Nov07] An oil sands index
    The index gives investors maximum exposure to the fastest growing industry in the Canadian energy sector

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[12Sep07] In Situ Process
    It is „cleaner, more efficient and sustainable with less oil wasted in the extraction process.

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Opalesque

[27Mar12] A SQUARE Index returns
    'Alternative Alternatives' investment funds up 1.52% in February (+3.76% YTD)

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[05Mar12] A SQUARE Index Returns
    'Alternative Alternatives' investment funds gain 1.58% in first month of 2012

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[31Jan12] A SQUARE index returns
    'Alternative Alternatives' investment funds lose 0.93% (est.) in December, -7.14% in 2011

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[30Dec11] A SQUARE Index Returns
    'Alternative Alternatives' investment funds lose 0.5% (est.) in November, -5.69% YTD

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[05Dec11] A SQUARE Index Returns
    'Alternative Alternatives' investment funds up 0.93% (est.) in October, -4.97% YTD

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[31Oct11] A SQUARE Index Returns
    Despite 2.49% loss, 'Alternative Alternatives' investment funds outperformed hedge funds in September and year to date

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[10Oct11] A SQUARE Index returns
    “Alternative Alternatives” investment funds lose 2.51% in August, -2.97% YTD

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[29Aug11] A SQUARE Index returns
    “Alternative Alternatives” investment funds up 1.15% in July, -0.4% YTD

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[29Jul11] A SQUARE Index returns
    'Alternative Alternatives' investment funds down 1.63% in June, -1.17% YTD

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[01Jul11] A SQUARE Index returns
    "Alternative Alternatives" investment funds lost 1.92% in May, +0.36% YTD

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[03Jun11] A SQUARE Index returns
    "Alternative Alternatives" investment funds gained 1.92% in April, +2.38% YTD

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Pari Mutual Betting

[08Jul08] Think Out Of The Box
    ..."To be fair there are millions of people who consider any “investment” in legitimate securities markets a form of gambling." ...

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Pension Model

[12Jun08] Transformation: from conservative, traditional only portfolio allocating to one that includes "non traditional assets"
    "We use „quantitative“ models for strategic asset allocation - this is conducted in the context of an asset liability management study that enables us to build and review different optimisation measures. However, ..."

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Photography

[28Jun10] A SQUARE 28 Jun 2010
    Investing in photography

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[23Jan09] Investors should look for bargains ...
    The strategies employed by the manager needn’t be limited to buy-and-hold. For e.g., turnover can drive the profitability of the investment more than the upward trend in prices

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[31Jul08] Why institutions are increasingly being drawn to investing in art photography
    Art photograph prices continue to be driven by fundamentals as opposed to "hype"

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[06Mar07] Investing in photography
    And why “Australian photographs are a good buy”…

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PIPEs

[04Jun09] Invests directly through private placements in growth companies ...
    As active private placement investors in the industry have established a robust deal flow network

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[07May08] PIPE Opportunities in China
    Geography is still a challenge with China but it is mitigated in part because the companies trade in the US.

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[24Oct07] Private investments in public equities FOF
    With SEC regulatory changes, PIPE deal flow will increase - the strategy is increasingly being deployed outside the US, particularly in Europe and Asia.

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[02May07] PipeLine Investors, LP
    In 2005 Mar Hedge ranked PipeLine Investors in the Top 10 Performing Risk Adjusted Funds of Funds in the U.S.

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[20Mar07] Expertise on Private Investments in Public Equities (PIPEs)
    Mitch Hull separates the facts from the fiction in this promising space

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Platinum and Palladium

[30Jan07] Platinum and palladium
    It's what pollution controlling- catalytic car converters are made from potential.

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Power

[30May07] Plenum Power Fund (EUR)
    The fund invests and trades in energy-related instruments offered by the Nord Pool ASA (the Nordic Power Exchange).

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[16Apr09] Investing in power - the proposition
    The lack of storage necessitates the need to balance (supply equal to demand) on a continuous basis which requires complicated rules but also creates opportunities for a smart operator.

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[19Feb09] Investing in the Australian Power Market
    The single biggest threat is perhaps reduced volatility in the market, however, the market structure is actually set-up for volatility

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Premium Financing/Life Settlements

[26Feb09] Premium Financing/Life Settlements Fund
    Exploits the inefficient pricing of life insurance policies on seniors, Engages in direct financing of life insurance premiums on newly issued policies for a period of 27 months - loan based lending

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Public Private Partnership, PPP

[29Nov07] Product innovation - a case study
    PPP refers to forms of working together between publicly (regulated) entities - that are financed by private enterprises.

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