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Benchmarking

[05Jun08] Study: how are pensions and investment managers using benchmarks...
    Benchmarking is a reflection of other major trends in the industry

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Biodiversity Banking

[19Dec08] Trading species for conservation
    "It may sound strange, even counterintuitive, but the solution to the loss of biodiversity may actually lie in the very same markets that appear to be causing the problem."

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Carbon

[12Feb09] Webinar - Carbon Led Investing
    USD64 billion CO2 market in 2007 (2008 est. at USD90 bn) but could be USD3 trillion commodity market opportunity by 2020

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Carbon Credits

[16Jan09] EU Carbon Allowances Fund
    The EUA futures contracts invested in will expire in December of years 2009 through 2012

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[11Dec08] Insights on trading carbon credits post 2012
    On the supply side, the Kyoto protocol will not expire (just the binding emission caps for developed nations are slated to expire) and hence the ...

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[17Jul08] A fund that deploys capital to develop portfolio environmental and renewable energy assets
    One of the largest buyers of carbon compliance instruments created by projects

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[06Nov07] A carbon credits fund
    Fund offers exposure to CO2 emission credits using both arbitrage and directional strategies

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Carbon Credits and Forest Certification

[12Mar08] Expertise on whether carbon could become the biggest of any derivative product over the next 4-5 years?
    "...carbon would be the most valuable commodity traded on global markets within a decade."

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Carbon Index

[31Jan08] Carbon index
    Offers investors (seeking exposure to new commodity underlyers to diversify their portfolios) direct and transparent access to the global carbon arena

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Carbon Trading

[24Jul07] CER-EAU Spreads : 2 experts' opinions
    A debate on whether CER-EAU spread will converge

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[06Mar07] Climate Change Investments
    A fund that invests in green house gas (GHG) emission credits compliant with the Kyoto Protocol and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).

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Catastrophe Bonds

[27Feb07] Diego Wauters Q & A
    Elaborates on developments in the catastrophe bond market- post Katrina.

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Cellulosic Ethanol

[07Aug07] Range Fuels
    Without a doubt ethanol will eventually be traded as fossil fuels do today (futures contracts, etc.

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Clean energy, Water, Infrastructure, Natural resources

[25Jul08] Theme Investing
    How can you relate and integrate concepts from other disciplines (randomly occurring phenomenon) to create filters, that condition the outcomes of a model to run a fund?

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Climate Change

[26Feb10] Intergration of climate risk in due diligence
    Do asset managers consider climate risk in the due diligence process?

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[31Jul08] A Global Climate Change Fund
    Unconstrained, opportunistic, concentrated, high conviction, ‘best ideas’ portfolio comprises of 50-80 stocks (normal scenario)

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[03Oct07] KBC Eco Fund: Climate Change
    Invests opportunistically in the stock of companies that are active in combating climate/change and or that focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions...

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[30May07] ClimateChange+
    The fund of funds will selectively invest in managers globally, that focus on and invest in climate change related issues (clean energy, water management, infrastructure, waste management and recycling, sustainable living).

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Collectibles

[21Sep12] A SQUARE 21 Sep 2012
    A fine wine market analysis & A fund investing in Chinese artworks

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[28Jun12] A SQUARE
    Passion investment market movements in 2011

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[26Apr12] A SQUARE 26 Apr 2012
    Diamond investment special part III - A fund investing in gems, pearls and vintage jewelry

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[17Apr12] A SQUARE 17 Apr 2012
    Diamond investment special part II - A strategy trading loose, investment grade diamonds

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[12Aug11] A SQUARE 12 Aug 2011
    Elite Advisers' Precious Time: A fund investing in vintage watches

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[10Jun11] A SQUARE 10 Jun 2011
    Investment grade diamonds: Fund launches and performance analysis

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[26May11] A SQUARE 26 May 2011
    Art investments: Recent trends and developments

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[11Feb11] A SQUARE 11 Feb 2011
    Two funds investing in classic cars

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[14Jan11] A SQUARE 14 Jan 2011
    Investment grade diamonds as an asset class – Market analysis

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[13Dec10] A SQUARE 13 Dec 2010
    The markets for art, fine wine and antique books

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[15Oct10] A SQUARE 15 Oct 2010
    Pre-owned and vintage watches as an investment

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[15Jul10] A SQUARE 15 Jul 2010
    How will HNWI demand for luxury collectibles change in 2010?

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