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14Oct08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 14 Oct 2008
    

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[Commodity] Expertise on gold as a strategic asset - Special
    Gold has generally been less volatile than other precious metals and other commodities.

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[Infrastructure] Fund that invests in listed utilities, infrastructure, renewables
    Strategy is based on fundamentals - Opportunistic and thematic concentrated exposure

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[Trade Finance] A Short- Term Trade Finance Fund
    Participant as a margin financier - in tandem with dedicated trade finance banks and established trading companies

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07Oct08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 07 Oct 2008
    

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[Asset Based Lending] Insights on ABL strategies - is performance holding up?
    In most cases even within a geographic region each investment will rise or fall on its own merits. The biggest correlation is on any equity component that may be part of an ABL deal.

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[Dairy Farming/ Agriculture] Hard asset based - land; dairy, cattle arable farming fund
    Ownership of land in combination with farming

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[Film Financing] Loan based film fund
    The fund will not depend on the commercial success of the film to recoup its investment

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29Sep08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 29 Sep 2008
    

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[Aviation Leasing] Expertise on aviation leasing
    Strong coupons / strong IRRs (20%+) for robust asset backed financing

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[Music] Music Fund - Institutional Class
    Model: when compared to major labels - structured to afford improved cost management

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[SRI] Socially Responsible Approach to Gambling
    “Residual value games” are an enlightened form of gambling, in the sense that they preserve the fun and hope part of gambling, but through a kind of built-in forced savings/mechanism. They replace the impoverishing effect with a wealth-building effect.

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19Sep08

[Alternatives] A White Paper - Is there an alternative to alternative asset classes?
    The role and relevance of alternative alternatives

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12Sep08

[Shipping] A shipping fund
    Pursues an operating and charter strategy

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[Insurance] A fund that implements diversified strategies focused on investing in longevity/mortality risk
    Expertise and experience in premium financing as well as in re-insurance

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[Foreign Exchange] Currency pair mean reversion, equilibrium - exploited in a portfolio
    We also have some evidence that the adjustment toward equilibrium levels tends to be non-linear. This means that currencies with larger misalignments are increasingly likely to mean-revert rapidly.

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 12 Sep 2008
    

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05Sep08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 05 Sep 2008
    

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