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ETFs

[21Oct09] A SQUARE: Exotic ETFs
    Exotic ETFs, the ETF market and a regulatory update

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[27May08] ETF Special
    A SQUARE ETF Special

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[06May09] In practise ... the new Stanford Theory
    "One should not underestimate the value of investability."

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[28Jan09] Investing in Gold ETF&ETC snapshots
    Globally, physical gold ETCs have now accumulated USD30 bn in assets and trade up to USD1 bn per day

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[19Feb07] Dr.Christian Gast Q & A
    And how they are being used in portfolio allocation

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Event Linked Bonds

[18Dec07] Expertise on event-linked bonds and extreme event risk
    We distinguish extreme, or ’super-catastrophic,’ events from other catastrophes in terms of their size (total insured losses, or the like) and occurrence frequency.

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Exotic Betas

[13Nov07] 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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[05Nov07] Unique Strategies - Part I
    Broadly, alternative beta reflects exposure to risk premium in one of the alternative sectors.

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Extraction

[04Sep08] Why do you believe “alpha” can be isolated and ported
    "...we would suggest that the half-life of alpha continues to shorten at an increasing rate."

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[04Sep08] "True Exposure"
    Focus is not as much on valuations, as it is on how those valuations might change

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Factoring/Re-factoring

[22Jan09] A Fund as a Primary Factor or Re-factor
    While commercial banks have long been the primary source of factoring finance, there are structures that make it possible for a private fund to stand in those shoes instead, as a primary factor or, more likely as a re-factor.

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Film Financing

[12Aug09] A SQUARE Special: Film/Entertainment led financing webinar download
    Have Film/Entertainment led financing strategies proved to be recession proof?

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[16Jul07] 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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[04Feb09] A Film Production Financing Fund
    Targeted returns: 13%-16% net annual

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[06Oct08] Loan based film fund
    The fund will not depend on the commercial success of the film to recoup its investment

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[14May08] Webinar: Film Financing Investment Opportunities
    Equity and debt financing opportunities in film entertainment

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[10Oct07] Film-financing the traditional way
    Player has been serving independent film producers for over 25 years

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[23Jul07] Barbarian - Structured Film Investment Fund
    The Fund concentrates on films budgeted at less than USD10 mn

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Financial Engineering and Re-engineering

[05Jun07] Octave Trade Fund: Structured finance, syndication - as applied to Trade, Commodity Finance
    The Octave Trade Fund is an alternative investment vehicle that specialises in structured finance, specifically, in inventory finance, trade finance, and asset based lending.

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Financing Film Distribution

[15May07] 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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Fixed-Income Investing

[08Jan12] A SQUARE 09 Jan 2012
    A return, risk analysis of Permanent Interest Bearing Shares (PIBS)

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Foreign Exchange

[27May09] A currency index and a fund
    The index tracks the excess returns generated by a portfolio of currency managers and currency investment strategies and themes

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[20May09] A fund that trades G10 currencies, futures and index options
    2009 performance (Share Class A) up to of 31 March 2009 is +7.73%

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[22Apr09] Systematic exploitation of structural inefficiencies in currency markets
    Exposure to a universe of 70 currency pairs (depending on each model's signals, each strategy invests in 5-14 currency pairs)

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[11Sep08] Currency pair mean reversion, equilibrium - exploited in a portfolio
    We also have some evidence that the adjustment toward equilibrium levels tends to be non-linear. This means that currencies with larger misalignments are increasingly likely to mean-revert rapidly.

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[20Aug07] FX Series With Hathersage Capital – II
    Our experience, as early FX option market makers has taught us to be long as opposed to being short gamma, since extreme events or markets can wipe out option sellers.

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[13Aug07] FX Series with Hathersage Capital – I
    Foreign exchange (FX) absolute return is one of the purest forms of uncorrelated alpha and, unlike many alpha sources, requires little or no funding

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[12Mar07] FX check
    Allocating to currency will be seen as a vital component of any well designed investment portfolio … and more

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[29Jan07] PGS FX Alpha Edge
    The first investible foreign exchange index

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Grain Complex

[20Nov07] 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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