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06Nov07

[Asset Based Lending] An asset based lending FoF
    Access to a portfolio that invests in managers dedicated to collateralised, direct lending

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[Shipping] Shipping expertise from Pierre Aury
    Perhaps the most unusual feature is that freight rates represent the price of a service that cannot be stored and is performed over a period of time

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[Carbon Credits] A carbon credits fund
    Fund offers exposure to CO2 emission credits using both arbitrage and directional strategies

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[Exotic Betas] Unique Strategies - Part I
    Broadly, alternative beta reflects exposure to risk premium in one of the alternative sectors.

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 06 Nov 2007
    

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24Oct07

[Energy/Commodities] Inefficiency specialist
    Inefficiencies can take various forms but investors usually uncover them by thoroughly investigating...

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[Micro Finance] Fund in the offing - a niche segment within microfinance
    Irrespective of gender - borrowers of microfinance demonstrate better credit worthiness.

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[PIPEs] Private investments in public equities FOF
    With SEC regulatory changes, PIPE deal flow will increase - the strategy is increasingly being deployed outside the US, particularly in Europe and Asia.

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[Insurance] An investment manager that specialises in catastrophe reinsurance and weather risk
    Active in the space for over a decade, we recognised that there was a gap between the two capital markets: institutional investors seeking non-correlated returns and insurance markets seeking additional risk capacity.

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 24 Oct 2007
    

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17Oct07

[Credit] CDS Indices, strategies that have performed during the sub-prime crisis...
    Part II - Expertise with Ernesto Prado

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[Real Estate] A Commercial Real Estate Fund
    Fund offers investors a market neutral exposure to commercial real-estate

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[Infrastructure] Findings from an academic study that focused on investing in listed infrastucture entities
    If you are looking to identify infrastructure investment opportunities: consider a country’s macro economic stability, its legal and political environment and its demographic profile.

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[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 17 Oct 2007
    

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11Oct07

[Film Financing] Film-financing the traditional way
    Player has been serving independent film producers for over 25 years

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[Media and Entertainment] A Media and Entertainment Fund
    The sector continues to outperform the Indian economy, and is rated as one of the fastest growing, in India

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[Credit] Where in the credit cycle are we?... with Ernesto Prado
    What is sure is that we have thus far, witnessed the technical deterioration.

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[Agriculture] An Agriculture Fund
    Fund that invests in equities as opposed to futures with themes that include – fish farms, agro +bio -tech seeds, milk, farming equipment, etc.

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    From Bloomberg.com: Chesapeake Energy Corp. is seeking a $1 billion loan as the company battered by cratering fuel prices and credit downgrades takes a step to address its $9 billion debt load. The natural gas producer hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

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    From IPE.com: As bond yields remain at low or negative levels, pension funds and other institutional investors in the Nordic region are stepping up efforts to find higher returns by adding more unlisted investments to portfolios and are expanding in-house teams in order to do this, according to new