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30Apr09

[Insurance] Special - Pandemic Related Insurance Investing - I
    Extreme mortality bonds are really designed for extreme events. So far nothing came even close to paying out.

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[Environmental Investing] A fund that specialises in trading carbon emissions, power, energy complex
    Environmental” Trading: 60% (carbon emissions, investing in forests, green equity trading)

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23Apr09

[Art] Investing in a fund that will to a collection of museum-quality modern and contemporary art
    Art is an irreplaceable real asset - it traditionally provides protection against inflation

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 23 Apr 2009
    

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[Life Settlements] Insights on Life Expectancy Convergence
    Eventually, we believe the only players in this industry; will be those that pursue a hold-to-maturity strategy when purchasing the policies

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[Foreign Exchange] Systematic exploitation of structural inefficiencies in currency markets
    Exposure to a universe of 70 currency pairs (depending on each model's signals, each strategy invests in 5-14 currency pairs)

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16Apr09

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 16 Apr 2009
    

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[Power] 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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[Timberland] "Go ahead - lower the discount rate, but be real with biological inputs"„
    As prices fall, the focus will shift to timber inventory and other fundamentals like growth.

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[Asset Based Lending] Asset based lending strategy insights from an allocator’s perspective
    A well diversified asset based lending portfolio should be able to return 12-15% with very healthy levels of collateral ensuring minimal losses.

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[Infrastructure /PPP] "...long duration infrastructure assets at prices well below fundamental value."
    Capital is currently being allocated where returns are more certain, for example in regulated utility networks in developed markets

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09Apr09

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 09 Apr 2009
    

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[Life Settlements] Structural changes and how investors need to position themselves
    We have observed a shift in the life settlement market: from one that was largely broker driven to one that is now investor driven.

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[Wine Investing] Why is investing in wine suited to institutional investors?
    Research that suggests why investing in wine is something institutional investors might want to consider

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[Natural Resources] Investing in diamonds as an asset
    The similarities shared by gold and diamonds, as an asset class ...

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[Music] Recession Resillient - Investing in Music Copyrights
    Technological advances have also helped music publishers gain access to previously non-existent revenue streams.

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02Apr09

[Timberland] A SQUARE Timber Special III
    "As prices fall, the focus will shift to timber inventory and other fundamentals like growth."

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19Mar09

[Agriculture] Why lease agri-land as opposed to purchasing it
    We believe investors should consider investing in supply expansion (i.e. consider being closer to the producers and the land.)

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