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13Nov08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 13 Nov 2008
    

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[Commodity, Volatility] A fund that focuses on trading energy related commodity, equity futures
    YTD return as of 31Oct. ’08 of +30.88%

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[Entertainment Investing] An asset based lending and investment fund - entertainment focus
    YTD return until 30 Sept.’08 of +9.44%

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[Infrastructure] Infrastructure Special
    We think a globally and sector diversified portfolio of green-field and brown-field assets can achieve a blended return that ranges from 9% to 13% p.a. over a period of 5 to 8 years.

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04Nov08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 04 Nov 2008
    

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[Hybrid] A fund of funds that invests globally in asset based lending, investing & other strategies
    Loan tenure: ranges from 1 day to 3 years - with 34.1% ranging between 91-120 days

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[Timberland] In tact return drivers
    Investors have recently been willing to accept as low as 5% discount rates for timberland, but now expect rates of compensation to reach 8-9% returns p.a.

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[Trade Finance] Expertise from David Hu - Part II
    There is no doubt that there are many new, promising opportunities due to the credit crisis, particularly for trade finance and in select Latin American markets ...

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[Insurance] High frequency, low severity insurance led investing
    In fact, the AXA motor offering is a phenomenon - for such publicly investable opportunities are few and far between

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28Oct08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 28 Oct 2008
    

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[SRI] Part II: a case study on embracing & successfully integrating responsible investing in the asset allocation process
    Policy-wise: The main challenge lies in identifying external hedge fund managers with any form of SRI standards.

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[Volatility Trading] A smile volatility fund
    Designed to offer portfolio protection in market environments such as these ...

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[Behaviour Finance Special] "What causes prices to be wrong?"
    It could be either a specific feature of investor psychology, or it could be some sort of institutional effect.

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21Oct08

[Shipping] Shipping investment compass
    Short term outlook:Global real economic activity - the mainstay of trade and shipping demand - is widely expected to moderate further in the near term.

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[Art] A fund that uncovers and invests in nascent and niche art markets
    Trades in the “affordable” price segment with art objects starting at EUR5000+

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[SRI] Principles for Responsible Investment
    We would welcome hedge funds into the PRI community. There are many reasons to participate: growth of the responsible investment market, funds’ own philosophies of responsible investment, demonstrating leadership to clients, and contributing to systemic i

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[Real Estate] Regional Property Fund - Central Asia, Caucasus
    On the ground sector intelligence - regional presence since 1998

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 21 Oct 2008
    

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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: A study by financial services firm TIAA-CREF showed that interest in socially responsible investing (SRI) is increasing rapidly, but investors are still asking if investing in an SRI strategy

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    From Asiaasset.com: The Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA) has introduced new loan origination capabilities that will offer Asian managers and investors a new structure under the European Union’s (EU’s) Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The new structure will allow the mar

  3. Europe - Ed Miliband's war on hedge funds could damage City of London[more]

    From Telegraph.co.uk: Ed Miliband’s plans to wage war on hedge funds could be potentially more damaging to the City of London than even the financial transaction tax (FTT), senior banking sources warned on Tuesday night. The Leader of the Opposition took aim at a number of industries as part of his

  4. News Briefs - SEC probes Pimco ETF over pricing irregularities, BEPs: Action plan released and UK first to adopt country-by-country reporting[more]

    SEC probes Pimco ETF over pricing irregularities The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Pimco’s pricing of exchange traded funds, the latest cloud to hang over the world’s largest bond manager, which has been dogged by poor performance and management infighting. Pimco on

  5. CalPERS’ move might alter hedge fund fees for good[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: When CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, announced on September 15th that it was unwinding its hedge-fund portfolio, it was seen by many as is a significant blow to the sector’s appeal. The Fund is