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29Apr08

[Art] Art - Affiliated Investing
    However, with an exception of Sotheby’s, there is no large publicly traded company anywhere in the world that is representative of the art market segment.

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[Music] Music Financing Expertise
    Our artists will have control of their own destinies and total transparency of their finances, but most importantly they retain control over how their copyrights are used.

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[Asset Backed Securities] An Asset „Backed“ Lending Fund
    Loans intended to provide working capital to Small-to-Medium sized Enterprises

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22Apr08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 22 Apr 2008
    

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[Endowment Model] Endowment Model - interpretation, implementation
    The endowment model has always been in place - because in its purest form it is truly just asset allocation

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[Asset Based Lending] Asset Based Lending Fund of Funds
    In its simplest form, the lender takes a first priority security interest in the collateral being financed

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[Infrastructure] Infrastructure Special
    The key attraction of infrastructure as an asset class is its sustainable growth profile which is relatively immune to economic cycles.

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15Apr08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 15 Apr 2008
    

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[Hybrid] A confluence of investing in real estate, agriculture and bio-energy
    Currently, we believe we are unique in that we intend to acquire and manage most of the land ourselves as opposed to essentially leasing it.

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[Micro Finance] A fund that has a "secured loan" structure in place
    Heterogeneous loan profile - (remote/no correlation to financial markets)

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[Timberland] Trends in 2008
    “Timberland ownership is still only a minute proportion of the total financial market asset base, but ownership is rapidly moving from regional to global; and transaction prices continue to defy gravity.” …

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[Agriculture/ Soft Commodities] Agricultural Trading Fund
    Fund is designed to exploit price imbalances within and across agriculture markets

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08Apr08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 08 Apr 2008
    

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[Commodity /Natural Resources] Fund of funds - Invests with managers that have commodity and natural resource “specific” exposure only
    Fund of funds seeks to identify and invest with the „best of breed“ manager in the respective commodity, natural resource sector

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[Asset Based Lending] The status quo & up-coming investment opportunities in asset based lending
    The opportunities are re-surfacing in the same asset based lending spaces, but it is the growth in the number of potential borrowers that has increased substantially.

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[Alternatives] Fund of funds that allocates to alternative alternatives
    Invests with “early” niche managers - i.e. inefficiency (risk premia) have not been diluted

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[Litigation Led Investing] Development in the litigation funding market - particularly in the UK
    There are a significant number of claimants with large commercial claims who lack sufficient capital or risk appetite to allocate resources to realise those claims.

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01Apr08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 01 Apr 2008
    

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