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David FriedbergWeather Derivatives

[01Apr08] 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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David GershonDerivative Pricing

[07May08] Replicating the market-to-market price of all derivative instruments
    The aim is to achieve transparency in derivatives real time pricing

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David HuTrade Finance

[23Jan07] IIG Trade Opportunities Fund NV
    

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David TuckerFilm Investing

[17Jul07] Expertise on performance optimisation
    The equity investors are poorly positioned in typical film fund investment vehicles which rely heavily on tax rebates, debt financing and cross collateralisation - with inequitable fee structures, overheads and producer salaries.

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Dennis NeilsonTimberlands

[15Apr08] Trends in 2008
    “Timberland ownership is still only a minute proportion of the total financial market asset base, but ownership is rapidly moving from regional to global; and transaction prices continue to defy gravity.” …

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Derek GatesOil Sands

[21Nov07] A portfolio of renewable energy producing assets
    The dependence on land makes renewable energy an unconventional real estate play.

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Diego WautersInsurance And Weather Linked Investing

[27Feb07] Diego Wauters Q & A
    Elaborates on developments in the catastrophe bond market- post Katrina.

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Diego WautersInsurance And Weather Linked Investing

[31Jul07] Horizon Fund
    Access to to cat bonds, life and non life insurance securitisations and weather derivatives via a fund structure

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Dirk LohmannInsurance Linked Securities

[20Aug08] An insurance linked securities fund
    Allocation bias is portfolio based securitisations - where frequency and not severity is the value driver

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Dirk SchmeizerCat Bonds

[31Jul08] A Diversified CAT Bond Fund
    An early participant in cat bond investing - experience and expertise

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Dmitry BovykinRailway

[20Aug08] Expertise on Russian Rail Leasing
    "Based on our calculations investments in freight railcars alone, will account for more than US50 bn at current prices. "

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Don BrownsteinStructured Portfolio Management

[22May08] Market value, Leverage, LIBOR
    Since banks occupy a privileged position in the capital markets (they get to turn over the various national money supplies), knowing their costs is very valuable information.

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Dr. Andrew SpenceLife Settlements

[28May09] Due diligence - an in-depth medical analysis
    Typically we are asked to examine high value policies - i.e. greater than USD 3mn; as within senior life settlements, this is where the investor focus has tended to be.

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Dr. Gordon WooInsurance

[30Apr09] Special - Pandemic Related Insurance Investing - III
    The current Mexican swine flu crisis is the first major excess mortality threat since SARS in 2003, and may motivate further excess

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Dr.Christian GastETFs

[20Feb07] Dr.Christian Gast Q & A
    And how they are being used in portfolio allocation

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Duncan ReidEntertainment related investing

[16May07] Ingenious - financing film distribution fund
    Film distribution is one of the most profitable yet underinvested parts of the global film industry. For investors, the fund gives diversification and exposure to the most secure revenue stream in film with an attractive risk/return profile

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Duncan ReidEntertainment related investing

[20Feb07] Ingenious Ventures
    Music VCTs ,venture capital trusts, provide an innovative opportunity, with significant downside protection, to invest in a portfolio of music companies

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Ed HornerAsset Backed Lending

[16Jan07] Eden Rock Structured Finance Fund of Funds
    

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Eric LucasReal Estate

[07Aug07] Babcock & Brown Japan Property Trust
    Provides exposure to the office and retail real estate markets in the central and greater Tokyo area

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Ernesto PradoAsset Based Lending

[29Aug07] Mont Blanc Select
    Offers access to a robust, diversified portfolio of non-correlated investments - primarily in the asset based lending (ABL) and highly collateralised asset space

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Ernesto PradoAsset Based Lending

[11Oct07] 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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Ernesto PradoAsset Based Lending

[17Oct07] CDS Indices, strategies that have performed during the sub-prime crisis...
    Part II - Expertise with Ernesto Prado

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Espen NordhusInsurance Linked Securities

[23May07] Securis I Fund
    The fund invests primarily in assets which carry exposure to insurance risk, in particular, insurance-linked securities (ILS). The returns arise from receipt of cash flows over time.

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Fabrizio Ladi BuccioliniABI

[13Jun07] Systematic Absolute Return’s Survey Findings
    ABL was preferred amongst the asset finance strategies. It was followed by PIPEs, ABS and ABI. At the tail end of the sample were CDO’s and MBS.

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Florian LeonhardViolin-led Investing

[23Jan07] Florian Leonard Fine Violins
    

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Florian LeonhardViolin-led Investing

[29Aug07] Fine Violins - I
    Investing in stringed instruments has the potential to deliver uncorrelated to the financial market returns, that are stable (8-12%p.a.) with low volatility

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Francois JolyInfrastructure

[07Dec08] Where within an institutional portfolio does an allocation to infrastructure fit in?
    For most institutional investors, infrastructure investing remains in a state of flux as it shifts from being a niche sector to become a full-blown, independent asset class

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Gary A. CorrTrade Finance

[14Aug07] Rosemount Global Trade Finance Fund
    Trade finance - deals originated in the more developed, stable emerging global economies with the portfolios current accent being Eastern Europe and Latin America

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Gary KnausCollectibles: Rare US Coins

[03Apr07] Gary Knaus Q & A
    Reveals why coins are well suited for not just collectors…but investors!

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George TintorAsset Backed Securities

[20Feb07] George Tintor Q & A
    George Tintor elaborates on asset-backed securities

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