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Alternative Asset Adviser (a3), is the first online publication that addresses the need amongst UK and European financial advisers for alternative asset product news, analysis and education.
Brought to you by the experienced editorial team at London-based Hedgemedia www.hedgemedia.com, a3 is delivered as a PDF ten times a year to over 18,000 financial advisers who have requested regular information on alternative assets and specialist funds.
a3 allows product providers of funds of hedge funds, real estate funds, venture capital trusts, ETFs, structured funds, Ucits III products and many more specialised investment vehicles a unique forum through which they can reach financial advisers and product distributors across the UK and Europe.
Click here to access www.alternativeassetadviser.com

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BarclayHedge, a leading source for proprietary research in alternative investments since 1985, has provided services as a publisher, database and software provider, and industry consultant. Barclay’s 18 hedge fund indices and 10 managed futures indices are utilized worldwide as performance benchmarks for hedge funds and managed futures.

With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is the largest Canadian full-service law firm focusing on business law, litigation and intellectual property solutions. BLG provides bilingual services in virtually every area of law, and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations. For further information, visit www.blgcanada.com.

Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly-diversified North American financial services organization. With total assets of $390 billion as at April 30, 2010, and more than 36,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.
BMO Exchange Traded Funds is a diversified family of ETFs and includes a broad range of domestic and global investment solutions covering a full array of asset classes, sectors and regions. BMO ETFs are managed and administered by BMO Asset Management Inc., a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Bank of Montreal.

CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company currently provides custody services to 32% of the Canadian marketplace. Our client base is comprised of approximately 1,100 relationships representing 1,000 domestic clients and nearly 100 foreign financial institutions with assets under administration of more than CAD $980 billion, as at March 31, 2010.
Our clients include Canadian pension funds, mutual funds, corporations, government, insurance companies, foreign insurance trusts, foundations and foreign financial institutions whose clients invest in Canada. We work in partnership with our clients to increase operational efficiencies, manage risk, and increase performance.
Built on the strengths and traditions of our two parent companies: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), CIBC Mellon strives to design and deliver reliable asset servicing solutions to institutional investors operating in Canada. We first began offering asset services to institutional investors in 1996, when CIBC joined forces with Mellon Financial Corporation (Mellon) to form a 50/50 joint venture—CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company. On July 1, 2007, Mellon—our U.S. parent company—merged with The Bank of New York Company Inc. to form the 11th-largest financial services company in the world. As a result of this merger, BNY Mellon is now the global leader in asset servicing with more than US $22 trillion in assets under custody and administration.
For further information about CIBC Mellon, please visit cibcmellon.com.

In 2002, The Canadian Institute of Financial Planners (“CIFPs”), a professional association, was started by financial planners to provide industry practitioners with the highest quality professional continuing education and support services. CIFPs has now grown to over 4,000 members and hosts the only national financial planning conference in Canada that attracts over 30 sponsors including the top financial services firms in Canada and six hundred participants.
In 2007, CIFP and CIFPs came together as one organization to provide a complete training and practitioner support offering for financial planning students and their employers. By combining the strengths of both organizations, we are now well positioned to provide a total solution from initial qualification through to post-qualification support. As we are non-profit in the interests of financial planning and the industry, we can provide your firm with the best value proposition including substantial corporate discounts and customized solutions. This means substantial cost savings in today’s difficult times for your training and support budget.

The Canadian Society of Technical Analysts was founded in 1984 as a non-profit professional organization with the following objectives:
- Encourage the development of technical analysis.

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Provide an outlet for the exchange of information for the benefit of all members.
- Educate the financial community in Canada about the uses of technical analysis in the investment decision-making process.
- Foster among its members the practice of technical analysis in a professional and ethical manner.
As part of its educational mandate, the CSTA holds regular meetings in several major centres across Canada (currently Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa).
In addition, there are regional conferences (usually held annually) extending over one or two days, and an Annual Charity Forecast Dinner to raise money for a good cause.
The CSTA also encourages its members to create informal study and peer learning groups and provides advice and assistance to members wishing to set up a group.

ETF Express is the ETF’s industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and product profiles. ETF Express produces a free daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the exchange traded funds industry and a series of special reports.
Click here to access www.etfexpress.com

Fundata has been Canada’s leading source for Canadian Investment Fund information and analytics since 1987; supplying software and data feed solutions to financial service, broker/dealer and various other financial related companies. At the core of our service is a comprehensive database containing over 800 data points on the vast majority of investment products available in the industry, including over 400 Hedge Funds.
In addition, Fundata has been bringing funds to market through their strategic network of corporate clients. As a result over 200 fund companies have entrusted Fundata do distribute over 16,000 investment products to the mass market as part of their marketing plan.
With 20 plus years of experience, Fundata helps clients define their requirements to deliver funds to the market, provide customized data feeds, and develop software and web solutions. Along with flexible client service, the Fundata team has the experience, industry knowledge and technical skills to deliver the right solution for you, which is why Fundata is the vendor of choice.
Contact Info: 416.445.5534 x. 234 or 1.888.328.9174 x.234, info@fundata.com, www.fundata.com

Global Fund Wire is a dedicated news service for institutional investors and their fund managers. The content is weighted towards the traditional , long-only sector within this industry. The site includes news on updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and fund manager interviews. Global Fund Wire produces a free daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the asset management industry.
Click here to access www.globalfundwire.com

Ground Floor Capital and its partners offer an incredible alternate investment – investing in A SERIES of pre-IPO High Growth Chinese companies before they go public on NASDAQ.
GFC is the general partner in charge of raising the last round of private financing for these High Growth Chinese companies before they are listed on NASDAQ. GFC offers fast relative exits due in part to the FREE TRADING, UNRESTRICTED NATURE of our shares. GFC has risen over $18 million in the last six months for 3 specific companies expected to be listed shortly.

HedgeCo.Net is the leading online community for qualified investors, hedge funds and service providers. For investors, HedgeCo.Net offers the premier free hedge fund database and powerful tools to search, rank and analyze potential investments. HedgeCo.Net members enjoy access to daily news, manager columns, and a comprehensive directory of service providers.
http://www.hedgeco.net>

Guarantee Your Edge in the Alternative-Investment Arena
Every week, Hedge Fund Alert delivers the early intelligence you need to anticipate new risks and opportunities facing fund-management firms, their investors and service providers. Be first to identify new capital-raising tactics, investor strategies and competition among industry vendors. Sign up for a three-issue FREE trial subscription to Hedge Fund Alert by calling 201-659-1700 or visiting www.HFAlert.com.

As part of the top-ranked HedgeCo Network, HedgeFundEmployment.com facilitates job searches for the global alternative asset community. Our employment website is devoted exclusively to the hedge fund industry, and offers highly-targeted search tools and a user-friendly meeting place for hedge fund job seekers, hedge fund recruiters and hedge fund firms.
http://www.hedgefundemployment.com

At HedgeFundTools.com we connect hedge funds to pre-qualified service providers with a proven track record of high quality, cost effective results. As part of the HedgeCo Network, our team of project planning, sourcing and management experts draws upon a worldwide pool of talent to drive the success of your projects.
http://www.hedgefundtools.com

Hedge Connection has been helping managers and investors through web-based research, events and advisory work since 2005. Hedge Connection is the first and only internet- based platform that offers hedge funds direct access to a membership of "opt-in" qualified active hedge fund allocators. Investor members join for free and gain access to detailed information on hedge fund members. All members receive invitations to member's only events and partner discounts. Learn more and Join the Club at http://www.hedgeconnection.com.

Hedgeweek is the hedge fund industry’s leading portal on news and topical features = including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and fund manager interviews. Hedgeweek produces a free weekly and a daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the Hedge Fund industry.
Click here to access www.hedgeweek.com

IFSE established www.ifse.ca to deliver one-stop financial services education, in both official languages, to students and organizations across Canada. Most IFSE students work full time in financial services organizations and have limited time to study during the business day. Our courses and study tools are designed to fit into busy schedules, and are available through a variety of delivery methods. For example, our extremely popular Mutual Fund and Life Insurance Licensing courses are available online. IFSE Institute is proud to announce the inclusion of the Exempt Market Products Exam as a proficiency requirement for Exempt Market Dealers – Dealing Representatives and Chief Compliance Officers in NI 31-103. This paper-based course will focus on topics such as the capital markets, the exempt market, know your client and know your product rules, ethical conduct, and features of common exempt securities. The course has been developed to ensure that those individuals operating in this market have the knowledge necessary to offer advice to clients on these complex financial instruments. We encourage you to visit our booth for more information. Have a great conference!

Interactive Brokers Successful traders and investors understand that superior technology and lower trading costs can result in greater returns. For 31 years we have been building direct access trading technology that delivers real advantages to professionals worldwide. With consolidated equity capital that exceeds US $3.5 billion, IB and its affiliates process in excess of 700,000 trades per day. In addition, our prudent and conservative risk policies make Interactive Brokers a safe haven for your money. Discover some of the reasons why IB is the professional traders' and investors' choice. IB offers direct access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds and funds on over 70 market destinations in 17 countries from a single screen. The IB SmartRoutingSM is designed to search for the best price available at the time of your order, and unlike other routers, dynamically routes and re-route all or parts of your order to achieve optimal execution. IB’s real-time margin system continuously enforces limits for each account, and provides real-time monitoring and risk tools to manage risk. Market-maker designed Trader Workstation (TWS) optimizes your trading speed with a single multi-product spreadsheet interface offering real-time streaming quotes and quick click order entry. Member IIROC / CIPF.

Investment Executive is Canada's newspaper for financial advisors. Investment Executive offers insightful, hard-hitting news and analysis for financial professionals - stockbrokers, financial planners, insurance representatives, personal bankers and mutual fund salespeople. Investment Executive is read by more than 100,000 financial professionals. Investment Executive is also the publisher of The Canadian Investment Guide, and IE’s Career Guide to the financial industry. In addition, Investment Executive and Strategic Imperatives co-host the Top Advisor Summit, a conference geared to help advisors take their business to the next level.

At KPMG, we understand that the Investment Management industry has undergone sizeable growth and change in the past few years. The recent credit crisis, the rise of Gen Y, and the forces of convergence and divergence have helped to make the industry a sea of evolution and opportunity. Integrated teams of professionals from our Audit, Tax and Advisory practices are helping to provide clients with an in-depth understanding of the markets in which they operate, and offer strategies spanning the fund lifecycle from value creation to realization. We provide leading professional services within the domestic and offshore alternative investments space, including: hedge funds, venture capital funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, commodity pools, and infrastructure funds, as well as to the advisers that sponsor these investment vehicles. End to end quality service delivery is a top priority. Helping our clients achieve their business objectives is our measure of success. We welcome an opportunity to discuss how we can help you.

Leebug is a free, interactive social networking site for people attending conferences. It allows event participants to network before, during and after an event. The platform provides tools to make every connection a strategic one and empowers interactions that will enhance the users ability to build relationships. www.leebug.com

Merlin Securities is a Mid Prime Broker that was founded in 2004 and serves more than 500 single- and multi-primed managers, providing them with an open architecture suite of solutions including dynamic performance attribution analytics and reporting, seamless multi-custody services, capital development, 24-hour international trading, securities lending and access to the Gerson Lehrman Group’s worldwide network of experts. It provides custody services through its relationships with Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Northern Trust and most recently National Bank Correspondent Network.

The MX operates two different markets, a futures market and an options market. Our futures and options products cover major asset classes, including: interest rates with a time horizon of three months to 30 years, equities, FX, Canadian stock indices, and environmental products.
The MX’s trading market model comprises all the features that are highly valuable to users: direct access, transparency, fairness and speed. This model ensures execution of clients’ orders on a “first-in, first-out” basis and at the best price.
The Exchange has its own clearinghouse, the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC). The CDCC ensures the integrity and stability of the Canadian market by acting as the central counterparty guarantor.
CDCC also guarantees all over-the-counter products that are cleared through its Converge clearing services.

Founded in 1859, National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has over $150 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,248 people.
The Financial Markets division of National Bank of Canada has a substantial presence in all regions of Canada as well as operations in the United States and Europe. To meet its clients' diverse needs, National Bank Financial Markets offer a wide range of products and services that provide access to leading North American equities, fixed income, commodities, foreign exchange and derivatives markets. With multi-currency electronic execution, clients enjoy timely settlement and clearing. Some of Canada's best research capabilities underpin it all. From securities finance to derivatives and capital introduction, National Bank Financial Markets help institutional investors uncover prospects to fuel their growth.

Penson Prime Trading & Custody Services, a division of Penson Financial Services Canada Inc, is a leading provider of trading and custody services to Investment Counsellor Portfolio Managers in Canada. With a focus on providing tools that allow a wealth management firm to concentrate on core business strategies, PensonPrime offers a complete range of investor services and business support functions including settlements, custody, income processing and account administration. In addition, PensonPrime provides trade execution and flexible technology via customized solutions. For more information, please contact Kevin Vanderheyden at 1-877-273-7486 or visit www.penson.ca

Private Equity Wire is the private equity industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and product profiles. Private Eq uity WIre produces a free daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the private equity industry and a series of special reports.
Click here to access www.privateequitywire.co.uk

Property Funds World is the property fund industry’s leading portal on news and topical features, including updates on new fund launches, investment trends, regulatory news and distribution strategies, and a regular series of market surveys and fund manager interviews. Property Funds World produces a free weekly and a daily newsletter covering essential news and features within the property fund industry as well as an extensive special reports series.
Click here to access www.propertyfundsworld.com

Quadrexx is an asset management firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Saskatoon that focuses on alternative investment products.
Quadrexx was founded in March 2003 by Miklos Nagy and Tony Sanfelice. Miklos is a leading Canadian hedge fund expert and co-author of the book “Hedge Funds for Canadians” in addition to being President and CEO of Quadrexx Asset Management Inc. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Canadian Hedge Watch Inc., a leader in hedge fund media information and education.
Quadrexx develops alternative investment products and strategies by employing unique and highly successful investment methodologies. The company was established to make these products more readily available to high net worth investors.
Quadrexx has also been following the development of investible hedge fund indices which it recognizes as a potentially useful type of investment due to lower risks and because they avoid the problems inherent in relying on a Fund of Hedge Funds manager’s ability to pick the right mix of underlying hedge funds.
To satisfy the burgeoning demand for hedge funds, Quadrexx, in collaboration with Canadian Hedge Watch Inc., launched its newest product in November 2007, the Canadian Hedge Watch Index Plus, which includes only hedge funds managed by Canadian firms.
In addition to Private Wealth Management and Fund Management, Quadrexx is also active in structuring private equity limited partnerships. Quadrexx’s latest offering, Diversified Assets LP II, has just been launched and is invested in three private equity investments.
For additional information please contact Miklos Nagy at 416.216.4632 x2229
nagy@quadrexx.com or visit www.quadrexx.com

Radius Financial Education (Radius) is a division of CHW Inc., which hosts the annual WAISC conference (World Alternative Investment Summit Canada), and produces the annual general meeting of the CSTA (Canadian Society of Technical Analysts). A growing demand for specific educational programmes and financial industry events provided the catalyst for the formation of Radius. Our goal is to provide indepth education courses, informative materials and conference for the greater Canadian Financial sector. This includes the Chartered Alternative Investment Planner (CHAIP) designation, the only programme written specifically for the Canadian Investment industry. Each event focuses on specific areas of the finacial services industry including institutional investors, trading & technology as well as alternative investments. This scope of events will continue to evolve as dictated by demands of the industry.

The Regulatory Compliance Association (RCA) is a non profit organization that serves as the accreditation and post secondary education institution to the asset management community for regulatory compliance and risk governance.
Member benefits include:
Monthly Professional Development Series
Meaningful Networking with Industry Peers
Post Secondary Education Curricula and Degree Programs
Career Development Center
With an international reach, the RCA supports governmental authorities, universities and a host of Asset Managers, Institutional Investors and other constituencies across the globe to accomplish its principle mandate: protecting investors and financial markets through accredited, post secondary education in regulation and risk governance.
To learn more, please visit: www.rcaonline.org

Tech Talk offers free daily reports on equity markets, sectors, commodities and Exchange Traded Funds. Reports are based on a combination of fundamental, technical and seasonal analysis.
http://www.timingthemarket.ca and http://www.equityclock.com

Virtual Brokers, is an innovative, technology-driven brokerage firm that specializes in providing outstanding trade execution services to sophisticated traders and money managers who demand excellence. In addition to flexible commission structure, All-in-One Account (Equity/Option/Margin/Short), access to New Issues Market , strong Bond and Lending Desks, Virtual Brokers offers Direct Market Access (DMA), free advanced trading platforms, Bloomberg trading venue, free registered accounts, customized algorithms, and up to $10,000,000 CAD in Asset Protection to qualified individuals, corporations and institutions. At Virtual brokers we believe that every day we must earn and maintain the trust of our clients by providing superior, reliable and attentive service. To achieve this goal we rely on sophisticated in-house technology and stringently selected staff. We provide first-rate institutional-like trading facilities and services to all our clients, regardless of their asset size. We can offer exceptional service at competitive prices by leveraging our robust technology and deep understanding of financial markets which in turn allow us to increase our efficiency, reduce costs, and make seemingly difficult tasks easy. Virtual Brokers is a division of BBS Securities Inc. (Member IIROC/CIPF).

Walkers focuses principally on corporate and international finance law with an emphasis on investment funds, private equity and capital markets and structured finance. Our firm delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands and Jersey. We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions and are committed to developing close working relationships with our clients and their professional advisers. Our global presence means we are always open and accessible to clients in all time zones.
Walkers is internationally recognised as having one of the leading offshore investment fund practices, advising many of the world's most prominent asset managers, fund promoters and institutional investors. Our innovative and practical approach to solving complex commercial issues has been expertly applied to establishing the full range of structures used in the market and advising on their commercial implications.
The capabilities of our Global Investment Funds Group extend beyond fund formation to all legal aspects affecting the continuing operations of investment funds, including specialist advice on investment fund management and contentious issues. Our Distressed Funds team, in conjunction with our Corporate Recovery and Insolvency Group, has been instructed in connection with nearly all major fund insolvency events in the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.