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[Currency] Trading Currencies As the recession is not confined to the US alone, which seems to be the case, the USD will rise in value.
[Alternative Energy] Renewable Technologies Most renewable technologies, in particular solar energy, today, are unable to compete on a cost basis with traditional forms of power generation.
[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 12 Mar 2009
[Asset Based Lending] "Recession proof, but not depression proof“ Exclusive market intelligence on how asset based investment strategies are currently faring and where the opportunities could be
[SRI] Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) data Key performance indicators or reference points that are transparent
[Collectibles: Violins] A fund that invests in stringed instruments The history of appreciation of rare stringed instruments suggests the best returns occur over longer periods of time
[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 05 Mar 2009
[Hybrid] A premium finance program through a zero coupon bond The +7.2% yield is implied throughout the bond life until lump sum repayment on due date in year 10
[Commodity] A systematic fund Fund’s investment advisor has extensive experience and expertise in trading commodities
[Commodity] Expertise and insights on investing in “softs” The increased presence of speculators has affected volatility and short-term price movements, not long-term price levels.
[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 26 Feb 2009
[Collectibles: Vintage Cars] Should this car sell at auction, it is expected to set a new world record for a vintage motor car "...it is expected to fetch in excess of USD13 million"
[Shipping] A Ship Owning Fund Will acquire and operate merchant ships, exploiting relative-value opportunities between vessel prices and future cash flows
[Premium Financing/Life Settlements] 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
[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 19 Feb 2009
[Power] 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
[Entertainment] Cinematic Content Ownership Sustaining performance is easy because the world of content is limited only by imagination.
[Intellectual Property Rights] Passive, Synthetic Royalty Financing Opportunity The investment thesis and approach allows them to "exit quarterly" through cash payments rather than relying on the capital markets to generate liquidity - as the investments begin to return capital immediately
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: An investment manager and board member of two US pension plans talks about the plans' new allocations, and investing in hedge funds.
"With the recent drift down rates, we decided that we need to look at our fixed income portfolio, and the expected re
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: The cheaper valuations of Chinese companies’ Hong Kong-quoted class-H
shares have helped one of Northwest Investment Management (HK)’s hedge
fund gain 46% so far this year, reported
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by Greenwich Associates showed that 80% of institutional investors use social media in their investment decision process. The result of the study highlights the emerging trend that LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc are now key sources of information amongst i
This article was authored by Ben Hunt of Salient Partners, L.P. as general information only and should not be taken as investment advice.
I spend a lot of my time speaking with investors and financial advisors of all stripes and sizes, and here’s what I’m hearing, loud and clear. There
In the week ending 10 April, 2015, a study by the IMF suggested that “plain-vanilla” mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, as well as hedge funds, can also be a risk. The asset management manages over $75 trillion assets globally, exceeding 100 percent of world GDP, the IMF said. In part
This article was authored by Mary Beth Hamilton, Vice President of Marketing, Eze Castle Integration.
As the frequency of cyber-attacks increases, so too do the maturity of attacks and their methods of prevention and remediation. Think
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: During the recent 2015 Timberland Investment Conference - UGA, Sona Blessing interviewed two timber and timberland experts, a
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The original team from Churchill Financial has resurfaced and is launching a new middle market lending outfit at TIAA-CREF. The unit will be called Churchill Asset Management, and will focus on originating, underwriting and managing senior loan investments for U
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: The US quantitative easing, started in late 2008 and ended in October 2014, is over and the US Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates this year. Opinions diverge as to whether this should be done sooner or later.
Trader speculation that the
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Lisa Mears O'Connor, Head of Global Macro Portfolio Management at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), talks about her investment themes and trade ideas for 2015.
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: Bryan Johnson, founder of hedge fund and alternative asset marketing consultancy firm Johnson & Company, said that small hedge funds need service partners more than service providers because the former will be of greater help to address the challenges smaller and emergin
Matthias Knab, Opalesque: HFFT Alternative Limited (HFFT Alternative), a unit of HFFT Group, has obtained the alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) license that will provide its clients with a suitable solution under the directive, according to Lara Sturge, Business Development executive of
Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Cyber threats are seen as real threats nowadays, so much so that President Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order aimed
In the week ending 03 April, 2015, it was reported that at least five new hedge fund companies are on track to launch with at least $1bn this year as the climate in Europe has changed to the extent that it is “more constructive and fertile than it has been at any time since [the collapse of]
Dr A R Shole has come up with a novel suggestion to resolve the Greek Debt Crisis and that is to sell some Greek Islands to Taurus Orators, who will then be able to develop these islands into a new financial centre which by its location will be able to serve both Europe and the Middle East.
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: For managers looking to raise a new fund after the crisis, marketing efforts will need to be significantly different, according to delegates at the recent Opalesque Texas Roundtable.
"Most of the smaller managers
come to the whole fund-raising and marketing
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Over 100 new hedge funds launched in Texas last year alone according to delegates at the recent Opalesque Texas Roundtable. Delegates cite the tax environment as well as the robust local economy as reasons for the spate of new growth last year.
"We see pred
In the week ending 27 March, 2015, a white paper by Pershing Prime Services has predicted that the retirement market may be the next frontier for
This article was authored by Stephen Loosley, Catalyst Development Ltd, a financial regulations and technology advisor in London.
Compression is a technique to reduce gross notional in your OTC book without materially affecting ri
This article was written by Meredith Jones, who has more than 16 years of experience as an internationally-recognized researcher, writer, speaker and expert in the alternative investment industry.
Dear Showtime Execs,
I read with great interest (and no small amount of trepidation) abo
This article is written by Tyler Kim, the Chief Information Officer for MaplesFS, responsible for Information Technology and Data Management globally.
Institutional investors can realise direct financial benefits from position-level transparency – specifically through increasing the effi
This article was authored by Don Steinbrugge, Chairman of Agecroft Partners, a US-based global consulting and third party marketing firm for hedge funds.
It is no secret that the hedge fund industry is viewed negatively by a la
2014 brought a resurgence of managed futures strategies, or CTAs, which performed very well as a whole, outperforming all other hedge fund strategies. However, a closer look reveals that there was a wide range of performance, or return dispersion, across managers.
The bottom line? Not all CTAs
This article was authored by Koray Yesildag, Asset Allocation Specialist in the London Global Asset Allocation Team of Aon Hewitt.
Hedge funds have been a hot topic for institutional investors over the past few years, with some
This paper was authored by Andrew Beer, founder of Beachhead Capital Management LLC, New York. You can
download the full white paper here
Rollout of Options in China
By: SGX Market Updates
China financial reforms could best be summed up in the late leader Deng Xiaoping’s words, "crossing a river by feeling the stones".
On 9 February, Shanghai Stock Exchange launched China’s first financial options, the SSE50 ETF opti
From Reuters.com: Investment firm Tiger Global Management, one of the hedge fund industry's most closely watched players, told clients that its hedge fund lost 5.3 percent during the first quarter, an investor said on Wednesday.
Much of the decline came in March when the fund lost 2.9 percent,
From MarketWatch.com: Leveraged hedge funds and banklike money-market funds are the parts of the asset-management industry most associated with risks to financial stability. But a report from the International Monetary Fund suggests that “plain-vanilla” mutual funds and exchange-traded funds also ca
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds posted positive results last March to conclude a strong
first quarter, with performance driven by strong macro trends in
currency and commodity markets, complemented by broad-based gains and
positioning in event driven, equity hedge and fixed income-b
Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Hedge funds finished the first quarter on a strong note and are looking to continue the rally in the second quarter, said Lyxor Asset Management in its Weekly Brief. The Lyxor Hedge Fund Index is up 0.4% over the week
Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: The hedge fund industry produced an aggregate return of –0.17% in March to end Q1 2015 up 1.23%, compared to the S&P 500 which increased 0.96%, according to the latest data from eVestment. Hedge fund performance returns were mixed in March amid increased equity
Featuring : “Quit your job and live off what you can take out of the markets”.Three Rock Capital Management is a discretionary global macro manager based in Dublin, Ireland. The firm is authorised to operate as an investment manager by the Central Bank of Ireland, and registered as a CTA with the CFTC and i...» Watch the video
Near Term Trend: NegativeMonday's Trade: 0.87256 (- 30)UPDATE: Prior to the last four weeks, when U.S Stocks were under intense pressure, Aussie rallied to 0.88550, but stalled when SPX began to recover. As we stated for the last seven weeks, "A daily settlement over 0.88600 required to reverse the trend (move Aussie higher on a consistent basis)".