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31Jul08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 31 Jul 2008
    

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[Photography] Why institutions are increasingly being drawn to investing in art photography
    Art photograph prices continue to be driven by fundamentals as opposed to "hype"

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[Climate Change] A Global Climate Change Fund
    Unconstrained, opportunistic, concentrated, high conviction, ‘best ideas’ portfolio comprises of 50-80 stocks (normal scenario)

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

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25Jul08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 25 Jul 2008
    

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[Banking] Separating banking functions from risk-taking activities
    If you can figure a way to rid the US of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the moral hazard it creates you will have solved the periodic Banking crisis that occurs

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[Clean energy, Water, Infrastructure, Natural resources] Theme Investing
    How can you relate and integrate concepts from other disciplines (randomly occurring phenomenon) to create filters, that condition the outcomes of a model to run a fund?

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[Timberland] Niche Timber Investing: Teak
    There is a special issue related to teak sawnwood and its quality and price which investors should be aware of

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[Commodity] Why hasn't the price of pulp risen as rapidly as some other commodities?
    Prospects of investing in pulp

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17Jul08

[Full A SQUARE issue of the week] A SQUARE 17 Jul 2008
    

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[Litigation Led Investing] A new paradigm for law firm capital that enables law firms to spread risk, smooth cash flows
    Over the next five years, we believe investment in claims will become relatively commonplace.

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[Asset Based Investing] A pure asset based lending fund on funds
    Portfolio of pure asset-based lending and insurance linked hedge funds

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[Carbon Credits] A fund that deploys capital to develop portfolio environmental and renewable energy assets
    One of the largest buyers of carbon compliance instruments created by projects

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[Insurance] New risks being considered for securitisation & more ...
    Some players in the industry are also exploring the potential securitisation of casualty risks – specific classes of liability exposure.

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08Jul08

[Pari Mutual Betting] Think Out Of The Box
    ..."To be fair there are millions of people who consider any “investment” in legitimate securities markets a form of gambling." ...

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12Jun08

[Pension Model] Transformation: from conservative, traditional only portfolio allocating to one that includes "non traditional assets"
    "We use „quantitative“ models for strategic asset allocation - this is conducted in the context of an asset liability management study that enables us to build and review different optimisation measures. However, ..."

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[Convertible Instruments] A fund that invests in convertible instruments
    Core to this philosophy is a belief that it is possible to structure an investment in a public company that will forsake some of the upside in exchange for having downside protection.

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[Banking] A fund that invests in niche community banks
    "Commercial banks have historically experienced low default rates, with an average of 0.34% per annum measured ..."

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