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  • Hedge Funds

Hedge fund managers can take both long and short positions, use arbitrage, buy and sell undervalued securities, trade options or bonds, and invest in almost any opportunity in any market where they foresee impressive gains at reduced risk. Hedge fund strategies vary enormously - many hedge against downturns in the markets - especially important today with volatility and anticipation of corrections in overheated stock markets. The primary aim of most hedge funds is to reduce volatility and risk while attempting to preserve capital and deliver positive returns under all market conditions. There are approximately 14 distinct investment strategies used by hedge funds, each offering different degrees of risk and return.

It is important to understand the differences between the various hedge fund strategies because not all hedge funds are the same - investment returns, volatility and risk vary enormously among the different hedge fund strategies. Some strategies which are not correlated to equity markets are able to deliver consistent returns with extremely low risk of loss, while others may be as or more volatile than mutual funds.

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  • Private Equity Funds

Private equity, an established asset class, can offer investors the potential to achieve superior long-term rates of return and portfolio diversification beyond traditional investments. A review of 5-year returns clearly demonstrates the advantages of investing in private equity vehicles.

Some of the unique benefits of private equity include:
Potential high rates of return - diversification beyond public securities markets
Long term investments - participation in a vast and growing market-place of privately held companies. We intermediate PE funds as well as PE FoF’s and secondary market opportunities across all investment stages and sectors.

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  • Fund of Funds

This is the ideal way to gain access to a wide variety of hedge fund strategies, managed by many of the world’s premier investment professionals, for a relatively modest investment. Selecting a fund of funds or assembling a portfolio of fund of funds is both an art and a science. Some funds of funds portfolios are strategy focused, others are asset classes/ sector focused while others are diversified across several styles, asset classes and sectors. We help investors to select the funds that best suit their needs and expectations. A successful fund of funds should recognize these differences, create more stable long-term investment returns with lower levels of risk and deliver returns uncorrelated with the performance of the stock market.

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  • Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds are said to be less risky, transparent and suitable for all types of investors. But with the multiplication of strategies, the incredible growth of products available, the various awards that are presented every year, it can be tough for investors to find their way through this jungle. For assistance in analyzing, evaluating and selecting the managers who best suit your portfolio or your strategy, or for an independent evaluation of your portfolio of funds, please contact: alfinas@finance-doc.com

  • Structured Products

As an investor, you may use structured notes to expose your portfolios to asset classes or markets in which you cannot directly invest due to investment mandates and regulatory restrictions. Due to the fact that the notes "look and smell" like a bond, with a credit exposure that makes them appear to be a solid credit, many “traditional” investors utilize them to get involved with alternative investment vehicles, an asset class outside of their general scope of business.

Advantages :Customized to investors' needs, infinitely flexible. Can offer redemption guarantee at any level.

As a manager in a market with growing regulation complexity, choosing to link structured notes to your fund helps to access a larger client base and thus increases the liquidity of your fund through the securitized product.

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  • Micro-Finance Funds

Several international and regional private and institutional investors have invested money in microfinance institutions and funds. These funds are managed by non-profit organizations, commercial banks and investment firms. Microfinance Fund is an innovative investment concept for investors interested in a combination of moderate financial returns, social benefits and fulfilment of development policy goals.

Microfinance institutions, such as financial cooperatives, financial non-governmental organizations and rural banks, among others, can provide poor people with small amounts of credit at reasonable interest rates. A loan as little as US$ 50 can give poor people a chance to set up their own small business, and possibly create more jobs. It can also help secure a family’s food supply, buy medicine and pay for children’s education.

Such a fund`s main investment focus is Microfinance Enterprise but to a very limited extent it may invest in areas closely related to Microfinance such as SMEs (small and medium sized business enterprises) and trade finance for small producers in developing countries. So far the track record has been good, with several funds advertising a five-year cumulative net return superior to 25 %.

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