Hedge Funds Review - 2009-07-01

Biomass project targets Scottish electricity grid

Founded in 2001 by CEO and chairman Mohammed Yusef and managing director Niall Bamford, Invicta Capital has come up with an interesting investment proposition in biomass. The latest scheme by the company, which has so far raised over £1.3 billion, is the…

British politicians need to make some hard decisions

The extraordinary measures being taken to counteract the financial crisis are storing up problems for the future. How governments, and the UK in particular, react to these future problems could determine the financial landscape for many years. Hedge…

Seeking safety with custodians

Financial strength of custodians is key, together with quality, safety and stability of sub-custody. For funds, the probability of having to move to a backup plan has significantly increased. Many are going further in the development of contingency…

Russia cannot be ignored

Liam Halligan is a one-man cheering section for the investment opportunity in Russia. As a former Economist and Financial Times correspondent in Moscow, Halligan is far from naive or gullible. His views on the Russian economy are firmly based on economic…

Investors demand good investment products

There is no doubt there is a great deal of potential investment money available in the Middle East, some of which could be placed in hedge funds. Margie Lindsay looks at the prospects for managers looking to tap into the market

Lyxor explores risk options

The Lyxor managed account platform is one of the beset ways for investors to achieve exposure to hedge funds with maximised transparency and liquidity, believes Hela Dammak, managing director, and Pierre Matussiere, managing director, family wealth…

Investable indexes - May 2009

Credit Suisse /Tremont Hedge Fund Index - Dow Jones Hedge Fund Benchmarks - Frontier Capital Multi-Asset Platform Fund - Greenwich Global Hedge Fund Index - HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index - Lyxor Global hedge Fund Index

Unintended consequences of regulation

What politicians set out to do when drafting and implementing regulations often turns out quite differently than intended. The current rush to legislation bears all the hallmarks of over-hasty and ill-conceived rules that could come back to bite the hand…

Blackwater eyes UK property

"I take the approach of buying in difficult times, asset managing and selling to achieve profit," says property investor Henry Gwyn-Jones, general manager of Blackwater Asset Management. He is not shy about his talent. "It is fair to say that in my…

Commodities key to portfolio diversification

Shaun Port, chief investment officer at Fitzwilliam Asset Management, is passionate about commodities. He has been running multi-managers since 1995 and multi-strategy funds since 2003. Commodities, he believes, should be an essential part of any…

Knowing the unknowns is important says Crazon Capital

Corazon Capital chairman Ian Morley believes the only thing that goes up in a down market is the correlation of the non-correlated assets of a portfolio. In a critique of the current investment environment, Morley was scathing about the "beta providers…

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