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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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