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05Dec07

[Asset Based Investing] A fund uncovers structural inefficiencies in China, Brazil, Russia
    Within credit markets, a structural inefficiency (that has been exacerbated by the recent crises) stems from the fact that the banking system is generally less willing to provide loans to solid small/micro cap companies.

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[Life Settlements] Expertise on life settlements: chances and challenges
    Most of the insurance companies have grown to realise that the life settlement industry is a recognised industry that is here to stay

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[Currency] An Asian Currency Fund
    Expertise in trading Asian currencies: (24.33% YTD as of 29.11) - the strategy has been run as a managed account since Feb.06

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[Active Index Investing] Core satellite approach: an alternative, using index investing … with Alex Hinder
    With ETFs one is capable of acquiring exposure to geographically diversified, sector, style (growth ,value). In the context of wealth management 90-95% of long term performance can be captured with asset allocation, strategic and tactical structuring of w

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 05 Dec 2007
    

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29Nov07

[Public Private Partnership, PPP] Product innovation - a case study
    PPP refers to forms of working together between publicly (regulated) entities - that are financed by private enterprises.

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[Aviation Leasing] Investor participation in Aviation Leasing
    Over the last 30 years the aircraft operating lease industry has evolved from a few players, that each owned a handful of assets, to a sophisticated multi-trillion dollar industry with scores of credible players.

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 29 Nov 2007
    

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21Nov07

[Alternative Energy] A portfolio of renewable energy producing assets
    The dependence on land makes renewable energy an unconventional real estate play.

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[Oil Sands] An oil sands index
    The index gives investors maximum exposure to the fastest growing industry in the Canadian energy sector

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[Grain Complex] A hard asset niche fund that focuses on grain-based commodity arbitrage
    Due to the fragmented nature of suppliers, financing, transporters and distributors, structural inefficiencies arise

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[Insurance] A Cat Bond Fund
    Fund invests in insurance linked securities essentially in the form of bonds

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 21 Nov 2007
    

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14Nov07

[Hydro Commerce] A Water Fund
    Fund provides equity exposure to hydro commerce, globally

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[Exotic Betas] Unique Strategies - Part II, FoF
    A FoF that identifies “unique risk premia” and invests in “emerging strategies” such as reinsurance, energy and asset backed investing

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[Hedge Fund Incubator] SPACs, Automotive (hybrid and energy) innovation Fund
    Two “mock funds” that drew my attention at the closing session of a half- semester hedge-fund class taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 14 Nov 2007
    

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06Nov07

[Timberland] Timber and Forestry ETF
    An exchange traded fund that provides sector specific, global equity based exposure to timber and forestry

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    From Artemis.bm: It’s not just hedge funds that are entering the insurance and reinsurance market in search of so-called long-term capital to put to work in their strategies, private equity firms targeting the space are also seeking opportunities to add assets under management. The entry of large pr

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    Texas Employees sets 2015 tactical plan for alternatives From PIOnline.com: Texas Employees Retirement System will invest in up to four new hedge funds in the next fiscal year, which begins Sept. 1. Trustees approved 2015 tactical investment plans for the hedge fund, private equity and in

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    Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia: Market Neutral funds increased their market exposure to -1% net short from -6% net short last week, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Hedge Fund Monitor. The report also added