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22May09

[Commodity] Tactical and strategic insights on managing a commodity fund
    Whilst the amount of economic stimulus is unprecedented, the activity in physical commodity, such as copper, has begun to slow in relation to the first four months of 2009.

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28May09

[Foreign Exchange] A currency index and a fund
    The index tracks the excess returns generated by a portfolio of currency managers and currency investment strategies and themes

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[Life Settlements] 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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21May09

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 21 May 2009
    

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[Timberland] Case Study: Investing in China
    Some regional governments have even proposed special preferential policies for foreign investors.

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[Foreign Exchange] A fund that trades G10 currencies, futures and index options
    2009 performance (Share Class A) up to of 31 March 2009 is +7.73%

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[Warrants/PIPEs] A fund that holds warrants (issued in PIPE deals)
    Steadily increasing size of deals indicate a demand for PIPE transactions

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14May09

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 14 May 2009
    

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[Energy] Energy futures trading fund
    Expertise, know how, insights on how weather sensitivity affects energy supply and demand

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[Innovation] "Whether the risk/return profile of an innovative area is attractive enough ...
    Some investment areas that might not be suitable today might over time develop and be an investable proposition ...

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[Direct Lending] Privately-negotiated funding transactions for s&m-cap publicly traded companies
    ... fund has been involved in over 220 privately-negotiated financing transactions

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07May09

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 07 May 2009
    

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[ETFs] In practise ... the new Stanford Theory
    "One should not underestimate the value of investability."

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[Litigation Led Investing] Why this fund’s performance has held up?
    Though the market for commercial litigation and claims is quite large, our competition remains limited.

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[Water] An opportunity to invest in water
    Invests in global water opportunities, across the water value chain

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30Apr09

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 30 Apr 2009
    

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[Insurance] Special - Pandemic Related Insurance Investing - III
    The current Mexican swine flu crisis is the first major excess mortality threat since SARS in 2003, and may motivate further excess

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[Insurance] Special - Pandemic Related Insurance Investing - II
    Only mortality risk has been securitised and all health risk still remains within the insurance sector.

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