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Hedge Funds World Commences Today
Keynote speaker discusses
how investors can protect their portfolios
from current turbulent market conditions
February, 2002 – Over 180 international investors, fund managers,
financiers and private investment experts came together today at The Hedge
Funds World Middle East conference in Dubai, UAE to gain more insight into
how they can protect and increase their portfolios through alternative
conference, which kicked off today at the Jumeirah
Beach Hotel in Dubai and will
continue through Wednesday, 5 February, hosts top economists from across the
Middle East, Europe, the US and Asia and features top international and regional
speakers from the world of hedge funds including Dr Christoph Moeller, CEO of
Man Investment Products, Roy Gardner, General Manager and Chief Financial
Strategist at the Saudi American Bank and Ibrahim Ghargour, Head of the
Treasury/Asset Management at Investcorp Bank.
In his keynote address this morning, Dr Christoph Moeller discussed global
developments in the industry as well as future trends and challenges in the
marketplace, stressing the need for investors to understand how best to protect
their investments in today’s turbulent financial market conditions.
“After nearly a decade of buoyant markets and relatively smooth sailing, it is
vitally important for the alternative investment industry to help institutional
asa well as retail investors protect their portfolios through the tougher
times,” commented Moeller.
“Hedge funds offer greater flexibility in trading style and execution than
mutual funds whilst their low correlation with traditional investment markets
ensure that their skill-based investment strategies continue to grow.”
Discussion on the first day of the conference centred on general growth of the
hedge fund industry, asset flows into the industry in 2001 and 2002, the
enhancement and diversification of a traditional portfolio by adding structured
products and future expectations for the hedge funds market worldwide.
The second day of the conference will focus on capacity and fund manager
selection and hedge fund styles, strategies and products. Key note speaker of
the day, Victoria Owen, Director of Structured Products, Man Investment
Products, will focus on capitalising on hedge fund structured products and
understanding their complex structures.
Ms Owen will guide delegates through the evolution of structured hedge fund
products, discussing how the addition of a structured product can benefit the
investor and providing an overview of CFO’s as an attractive investment
opportunity and how they are used in structured products.
The principal sponsor of the event, Man Investment Products is a global leader
in the alternative investment industry with around US$23.1 billion under
management around the world.
“Man Investment has had a strong presence in the Middle East region since we
established our first office in Bahrain in 1985,” said Antoine Massad, Associate
Director and Head of Middle East & Asia at Man Investment Products and Chairman
of the Conference. “Currently contributing approximately 20% of Man’s total
sales, this region is a key player in our global business strategy.”
Explaining his company’s ongoing initiative in sponsoring this annual event,
Massad said: “Our role as a leading specialised company dedicated to providing
alternative investments does not stop with engineering innovative and customised
products for our clients. Man has a commitment to create further awareness of
the alternative investment industry, whilst simultaneously fostering its
About Man Investment Products
Man Investment Products is part of Man Group plc and currently manages
around US$23.1 billion for institutions and private investors worldwide. It is a
global business with offices in Bahrain, Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, London,
Montevideo, Tokyo and Switzerland and has launched more than 200 alternative
investment vehicles worldwide.
Issued by Gulf Hill and Knowlton on behalf of Man Investment Products.
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