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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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    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Financial reporters often tout new funds and investments as uncorrelated investments, but few can say they are uncorrelated to everything but weather. Enter Blue Sky Alternative's water fund which invests in the permanent rights to Australia's water. Sev

  2. Regulatory – Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades, Alternative funds to get SEC test for leverage, liquidity[more]

    Expect greater SEC scrutiny of hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades From Thelawyer.com: A recent Wall Street Journal article — ‘Activist investors often leak their plans to a favoured few’ — focused attention on ‘activist’ investors and stock analy

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    From ABCnews.go.com: A German sought by authorities for alleged fraud has been arrested in Austria — after dropping into a police station to ask officers whether he was under investigation. Police in Salzburg said the 59-year-old man walked into a police station in the city on Friday night. Sp

  4. Investing – Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures, Marcato Capital Management makes new bet on Dillard’s[more]

    Hedge funds find pitfalls along with profits in real estate ventures From Law360.com: Hedge funds have joined the rush to real estate deals and development in recent months to close the financing gap left by tightening bank standards, but attorneys say many aren't prepared for the disclo

  5. Agecroft Partners estimates 90% of hedge funds using social media[more]

    The use of social media has increased significantly within the hedge fund industry over the past couple of years. Social media is broadly used by investors as part of their due diligence process on hedge funds, by service providers in their sales efforts to hedge funds, and by hedge funds to enhance