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CATCo performance, 20% in a year…

Roughly a year ago, I wrote about options for investing within the re-insurance sector. Now seems as good a time as any to revisit the performance of CATCo and DCG Iris. CATCO I wrote about here: http://the-global-investor.com/catco-global-reinsurance-opportunities/ DCG Iris here: http://the-global-investor.com/dcg-iris/ At the time I believed DCG Iris would struggle to produce any capital growth, but CATCo looked interesting. After …

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Performance 1 Year on (FTSE Small Cap Picks)

Ok, so it’s two weeks short of a year, but who knows when else I’ll get the time to look at the Performance 1 year on for the FTSE Small Cap Picks. By way of reminder, the original post appeared here: http://the-global-investor.com/screening-the-ftse-small-cap-universe-with-the-magic-formula/ There was 20 stocks as usual picked. No other real analysis went into them, I just followed the stock …

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The state of the CAT bond market

The Swiss Re Global CAT bond index is up 3.2% year to date. This index is the most commonly used index for tracking the CAT bond market. It tracks the total return of all USD and EUR denominated CAT bonds, whilst hedging out the EUR currency risk. This is behind the performance of other more well known asset classes like …

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DCG Iris

Following on from my post on investing in catastrophe bonds (http://the-global-investor.com/investing-in-catastrophe-bonds/) DCG Iris is the second option I want to talk about. DCG Iris is a closed-end investment company that listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2012. It has a similar structure to CATCo http://the-global-investor.com/catco-global-reinsurance-opportunities/ It is a feeder fund into the CS IRIS Low Volatility Plus Fund (the ‘Master …

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Kyle Bass interview

Zerohedge recently did a post containing a Kyle Bass interview, along with a copy of his latest investor letter. Kyle Bass is a hedge fund manager who correctly called the sub-prime mortgage crisis, and the sovereign debt issues that followed. More recently (early 2011) he was one of the first people I heard talking about the US housing market bottoming. …

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