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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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  1. CTAs could face new challenges in a rising rates environment[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: CTAs have taken a beating performance wise lately, and asset flows reports show that investors aren't sticking around to see how the movie ends. Now, a new white paper from Roy Niederhoffer and Coen Weddepohl notes that as interest rates start to tick back u

  2. Investing – Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds, Fidelity explores new trading venue amid flash trade concerns, Crisis-era Greek bonds reward early buyers with big effective returns, Cargill unit discloses stake in Freddie preferred[more]

    Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds From Reuters.com: Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspa

  3. Opalesque Exclusive: Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) launches several car investing funds[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new trend in alternative alternatives is emerging - car appreciation funds. Classic Auto Funds Limited (CAF) is the first to market with several funds that make super elite luxury cars into real asset investments. As a result of growing overseas demand couple

  4. Commodities – Popular value fund manager David Iben bets on Russia, gold,[more]

    From Reuters.com: With large bets on Russia and North American gold miners, one of the best performing stock pickers in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis is back with a new fund that reflects his deep aversion to following the crowd. In the Kopernik Global All-Cap Fund, David Iben is follo

  5. Opalesque Exclusive: Pensions, endowments, family offices reconsider life settlement investments[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Hedge funds were once the largest investors in the life settlement industry, now the industry is seeing more interest from pensions, endowments and family offices directly. Life settlements have always been considered a niche part of the investing landscape, an