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13Feb08

[Real Estate] Prospects for investing in Scandinavian Property
    Real estate investment activity in Scandinavia is expected to remain at a high level this year.

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[Shipping] A fund that invests in ship builders
    Fund’s portfolio comprises instruments that finance ship building activities - in German „participate in ship ownership“– KG Model (LPs)

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

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07Feb08

[Environment Linked Investing] Environment Fund
    Socially responsible investing is estimated at having USD 4trillion, assets under management

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[Timberland] Leading trends in timber investing
    Since industry divestitures are largely complete, most timber investment managers are now focusing on new and creative strategies for placing capital.

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[Metals and Mining] Investing in metal and mining companies
    We continue to pursue a bullish outlook on metals. The fundamentals - ie demand and supply mismatch makes a strong case.

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[Entertainment Investing] Softer - "intellectual property" - expertise on entertainment investing
    Generally, softer (intellectual property) based collateral. Also hard collateral in the form of tax credits and pre-sales of territory rights for geographic regions - both of which can be discounted

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

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31Jan08

[Alternatives] ASQUARE first anniversary issue special - Part III
    Looks at how alternative alternatives can be strategically positioned within a portfolio

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[Carbon Index] Carbon index
    Offers investors (seeking exposure to new commodity underlyers to diversify their portfolios) direct and transparent access to the global carbon arena

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[Special Investment Opportunities] Expertise on "special investment opportunities"
    This does not need to be rocket science. Loans tend to be of lower quality when advanced at the peak of a bull market.

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[Insurance] An Insurance Event Linked Securities Fund
    Structural independence to equity, bond and non-traditional markets

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 31 Jan 2008
    

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24Jan08

[Alternatives] ASQUARE’s First Anniversary Special - Part II
    I have chosen to elaborate on foreign exchange (FX - hedging vs. absolute return generation), volatility, hybrids and alternatives to plain

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[Life Settlements] Longevity and mortality index based swaps
    Realised life span differs from expected lifespan - resulting in a price change in the asset or liability

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[Renewable Natural Resources] FoF - underlying funds specialise in actively trading commodities, natural resources and their related markets
    Market environment supports active trading strategies due to fast growth and changing nature of commodity markets, high levels of volatility and strong trends

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[Asset Based Investing] Asset Based Lending FoF
    Lending activities - hedge fund wrapper

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 24 Jan 2008
    

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