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An alternative asset class?

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Investment in art is a novel but increasingly popular area of finance. The art market is currently booming; however little is known on the price development over time and the relative importance of characteristics attributable to artworks. Using a hybrid model which includes hedonic variables on repeat sales data on fine art sold at auctions in Amsterdam over the last 36 years we have created a unique index for art prices in the Continental European art market dating back to 1900. Given the heterogeneity of artworks we find that art price indices are greatly improved by the addition of hedonic variables in the repeat ...
consists of finding an asset allocation that is appropriate for a given person in terms of their appetite for and ability to shoulder risk. This can depend on various factors; see investor profile .
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2008 Asset Class Outlook | Chris Ciovacco | Safehaven.com
As we all know, asset markets do not like uncertainty. With SIVs (structured investment vehicles) and countless shaky mortgages floating through the financial system, uncertainty abounds. Since none of us know how bad things may get or how long this may last, adding some diversification to your portfolio might seem appealing. Below, is a brief look at the relative attractiveness of several asset classes based on what we know today and what we have experienced in the past. As in any environment, there is no perfect way to address the problems of the current day. However, some alternatives appear to be more ... market research, surveys and trends
Local currency bond markets in the Gulf Cooperation and lessons ...
The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council were hit hard by declining oil prices during the global crisis. This column argues that East Asia has shown how viable local bond markets are essential to weather future crises when bank lending collapses. While it will be a long process requiring strong political will, the time for the “plumbing” work is now. The global financial crisis and the declining oil prices hit the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and the Sultanate of Oman with full force in 2008. External and fiscal surpluses declined sharply while ... market research, surveys and trends

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AN ALTERNATIVE ASSET CLASS?

IMF Survey: IMF Predicts Slower World Growth Amid Serious Market ...
lobal growth will decelerate in 2008, led by a sharp slowdown in the United States, amid a housing correction and a financial crisis that has quickly spread from the U.S. subprime sector to core parts of the financial system, the IMF says in its latest World Economic Outlook . Citing the unfolding financial market turmoil as the biggest downside risk to the global economy, the April 2008 report said the IMF expects world growth to slow to 3.7 percent in 2008—0.5 percentage point lower than what was forecast in the January 2008 World Economic Outlook Update . Further, world growth would achieve little pickup in 2009, and ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Global Real Estate Monitor
Despite the crisis on Wall Street and concerns about worsening commercial property fundamentals, many college endowments feel the current economic environment is a great time to invest in real estate. "Endowments are somewhat contrarian – they see a downturn as a time when efficiencies are created and an opportunity," says Jimmy Hanson, president and CEO of The Hampshire Companies, a private real estate investment fund manager that works with several large endowments and foundations. With their long-term investment horizon, endowments look beyond current market conditions and are less likely to make ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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Alternative Asset Class with 9.5% Net Annualized Returns*
Lending Club offers investors access to an alternative asset class that generally was previously only available to banks and credit card companies.  Now, retail investors can invest like a bank and earn better returns and increase portfolio diversification , without sacrificing control over their investments. Diversification is a key to better returns. Investors can easily create a diversified portfolio of Lending Club Notes.  For example, a $10,000 investment can be spread across as many as 400 separate loans by purchasing $25 Notes – a small slice of each loan. On average, Lending Club borrowers have a FICO score of 714 with ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Exotic To Mainstream - Growth Of Alternative Mutual Funds - SEI White Paper
The trend of packaging alternative strategies in U.S. mutual fund and European UCITS formats is quickly gaining steam. Indeed, in the US, 2009 marked a watershed year for alternative mutual fund growth. But competing in an emerging fund category is challenging, and those wishing to succeed in the alternative mutual fund space will need to clear some hurdles whilst heeding the lessons of the past. Executive Summary The financial crisis caused investors to reconsider several fundamental investment tenets � with some even questioning the legitimacy of modern portfolio theory and its diversification underpinning. Nonetheless, ... market trends, news research and surveys resources

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HedgeCoNet 10.06.09 APF as an Alternative Asset Class.ai
Art Funds as an Alternative Asset Class. Posted By Alex Akesson, June 10th, 2009 : Permalink. According to Friedrich Kiradi, head of Merit Alternative ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Item 5e: Roles of Asset Classes in Strategic Allocation
Alternative Asset Classification. The alternative asset classification listed in Table 2 below is intended to effectively address the limitations of the ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
1 ALTERNATIVE ASSETS I: FINA 5340 Spring 2010 Class: Monday, 3:30 ...
ALTERNATIVE ASSETS I: FINA 5340. Spring 2010. Class: Monday, 3:30 p.m. - 6:20 p.m.. Room No: Crow 279. Professor: Kumar Venkataraman. Office: 327 F ...
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What would make a Fund of Hedge Fund attractive to Institutional ...
Aside from good pedigree and top notch service providers, the FOF I think would have to provide access to funds that have "weathered the storm" and that would not be accessible otherwise, perhaps with an emphasis on a particular market sector. posted 2 months ago Fund of Funds definately took a big hit ( much more than hedge fund itself) in the crisis as they were leveraging the investment on top of the leverage used by the hedge fund manager. I believe, they can provide value to the institutional investor 1) Provide greater transparancy to the investors which would entail more reporting on the leverage, strategy deployed, risk, ...
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When you drag the Enabler component onto the stage, you gain access to the methods and events of the Enabler class. These can be used to: detect events that the user or adserver changed. (Once the ad is served, the adserver won't change any of the creative's properties. inspect properties of the user and the adserver. add functionality and tracking to your creative. Simply drag the Enabler component from the DoubleClick section of the Flash Components panel and drop it onto the stage. The Enabler class contains no publicly accessible properties, but a number of access functions are available for inspecting Enabler ...