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10/19/2015

The Secret Side of Wall Street: Guitars, Glow-Sticks and Doing Good

The Secret Side of Wall Street: Guitars, Glow-Sticks and Doing Good

Welcome to the 12th annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest, a musical bonanza put on by an organization called A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO). Founded by Octagon Asset Management CEO Mead Welles, ALTSO provides free orthopedic care to kids in developing countries — places like Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ecuador, India and Pakistan. Over the course of ALTO’s 13-year history, the organization has provided prostethics, orthotic braces and corrective surgeries to more than 13,000 children, many of whom come from families that make as little as $2 per day. Read the full article on the Forbes Website.
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9/29/2015

As banks cut loans to commodity producers, others are stepping in

As banks cut loans to commodity producers, others are stepping in

The money that commodity producers borrow to help them dig, grow, store, transport or otherwise market their wares is vital to the global economy. But commodity trade finance, as it is known, is having to find new arteries. Read the full article on the Economist's Web site.
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8/7/2015

Trade finance hedge funds … the unsung heroes of the contemporary trade landscape

Trade finance hedge funds … the unsung heroes of the contemporary trade landscape

Trade finance hedge funds take money from investors and put the capital to work in supporting trade. These non-bank lenders, sometimes sinisterly referred to as ‘shadow banks’, are the unsung heroes of the contemporary trade landscape. Read the full article on Trade and Forfaiting Review (registration required).
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1/15/2014

Octagon’s Mead Welles wins 2013 World of Children Award

Octagon’s Mead Welles wins 2013 World of Children Award

In the late 1990s, C. Mead Welles was sitting outside at a restaurant in Indonesia when three underfed and exhausted boys passed by. Two pulled a rope tied to a garbage can lid and a third boy sat on the lid. His leg was deformed, raw and bleeding; he could not stand on it any longer. His knuckles were in the same condition, indicating that he had been pulling himself around on the lid. Paralyzed with sadness for the boy, Mead vowed to dedicate his life to helping children without limbs. He flew home and started A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO), an organization that provides free prosthetic limbs, orthopedic devices, mobility aids, corrective surgery and rehabilitative care to children in the developing world who have lost their limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital disabilities. Since 2002, ALTSO has transformed the lives of over 11,000 children and currently operates 11 programs in 10 developing countries.
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1/3/2013

New Hedge Funds Say They Can Profit in Tough Markets

New Hedge Funds Say They Can Profit in Tough Markets

Prominent global macro hedge funds are struggling. Several upstart firms believe they have found a way to turn challenging circumstances into an opportunity. Read the full article on institutional investor

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