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01Apr08

[Speciality Finance] Investing in non-prime auto paper
    Based on my experience, and rather ironically, good times are more perilous than bad.

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[Life Settlements] Life Settlement Securitisation
    Securitised life settlement portfolios have in the past produced double-digit returns.

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[Currency] A Global Currency Fund
    Incisive understanding of commodity currency behaviour

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[Weather derivatives] Expertise on weather derivatives
    CME’s platform is really geared at larger standardised contracts and our platform is geared at customised contracts

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12Mar08

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

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[Collectibles: Vintage Cars] 10 insider tips for classic car investing
    Do investments in vintage cars follow the same direction as financial markets?

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[SRI] A sustainable alternatives fund of funds
    SRI criteria consistently applied on all managers and strategies

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[Carbon Credits and Forest Certification] Expertise on whether carbon could become the biggest of any derivative product over the next 4-5 years?
    "...carbon would be the most valuable commodity traded on global markets within a decade."

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[Volatility] Option Volatility Strategy
    The strategy captures the excess premium between implied and realised volatility on the S&P 500 index using a butterfly unit

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10Mar08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 10 Mar 2008
    Investing in Insurance Event linked Securities - Untapped Securitisation Potential?

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29Feb08

[Timberland] A SQUARE Timber Special
    Timber Special

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20Feb08

[Renewable Natural Resources] : Investment opportunities in harnessing hydro, tidal and geothermal energy
    Electricity can't be transported over long distances and storage is limited. Every region should assess their potential in renewables.

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[Volatility] Benchmark index for the volatility trading space
    Facilitate performance comparisons between volatility traders, and other alternative investment strategies

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[Hybrid] Hybrid engine strategy
    This is the culmination of, and the strategy is based on volatility distribution studies

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[Currency] A currency linked arbitrage fund
    Fund attempts to identify inefficiencies - arbitrage opportunities - linked with the trading globally, the 10 main currencies (spot, forwards)

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 20 Feb 2008
    

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13Feb08

[Insurance] Marine/cargo insurance risk - prospects of securitisation
    We have seen marine in some capital markets quota share deals (a.k.a. sidecars).

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[Life Settlements] A fund that invests in life settlements
    Trade Endowment Policies, TEPs - are still available to investors at a deep discount from their expected maturity values

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