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13Nov08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 13 Nov 2008
    

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[Commodity, Volatility] A fund that focuses on trading energy related commodity, equity futures
    YTD return as of 31Oct. ’08 of +30.88%

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[Entertainment Investing] An asset based lending and investment fund - entertainment focus
    YTD return until 30 Sept.’08 of +9.44%

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[Infrastructure] Infrastructure Special
    We think a globally and sector diversified portfolio of green-field and brown-field assets can achieve a blended return that ranges from 9% to 13% p.a. over a period of 5 to 8 years.

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04Nov08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 04 Nov 2008
    

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[Hybrid] A fund of funds that invests globally in asset based lending, investing & other strategies
    Loan tenure: ranges from 1 day to 3 years - with 34.1% ranging between 91-120 days

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[Timberland] In tact return drivers
    Investors have recently been willing to accept as low as 5% discount rates for timberland, but now expect rates of compensation to reach 8-9% returns p.a.

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[Trade Finance] Expertise from David Hu - Part II
    There is no doubt that there are many new, promising opportunities due to the credit crisis, particularly for trade finance and in select Latin American markets ...

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[Insurance] High frequency, low severity insurance led investing
    In fact, the AXA motor offering is a phenomenon - for such publicly investable opportunities are few and far between

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28Oct08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 28 Oct 2008
    

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[SRI] Part II: a case study on embracing & successfully integrating responsible investing in the asset allocation process
    Policy-wise: The main challenge lies in identifying external hedge fund managers with any form of SRI standards.

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[Volatility Trading] A smile volatility fund
    Designed to offer portfolio protection in market environments such as these ...

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[Behaviour Finance Special] "What causes prices to be wrong?"
    It could be either a specific feature of investor psychology, or it could be some sort of institutional effect.

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21Oct08

[Shipping] Shipping investment compass
    Short term outlook:Global real economic activity - the mainstay of trade and shipping demand - is widely expected to moderate further in the near term.

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[Art] A fund that uncovers and invests in nascent and niche art markets
    Trades in the “affordable” price segment with art objects starting at EUR5000+

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[SRI] Principles for Responsible Investment
    We would welcome hedge funds into the PRI community. There are many reasons to participate: growth of the responsible investment market, funds’ own philosophies of responsible investment, demonstrating leadership to clients, and contributing to systemic i

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[Real Estate] Regional Property Fund - Central Asia, Caucasus
    On the ground sector intelligence - regional presence since 1998

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