Can Money Buy Results?

After living and working in ten countries, Anthony S Casey joined the finance world in 1996.  He made it his mission to bring some much needed colour into an otherwise bland industry by coming up with exciting, rare, uncorrelated investment opportunities that would help engage clients and peers alike. The Football Finance Note is one such opportunity.

Here’s the latest.

The Clash of the Manchester Titans took place over the weekend where the combined team value reportedly topped $1Billion.

But all eyes were on the two stars of the show. No, it wasn’t Jose and Pep but Zlatan and Pogba. One, on a free transfer and the other being the world’s most expensive player. So, what have we learned?

Both teams spent roughly the same in this summers record-breaking transfer window.

 

City drew first blood, winning the game 2 goals to one.

Source: Football Daily

Although free transfer guy Zlatan hit a great goal, Mr. Pogba and Manchester Utd were not as triumphant. No matter how much money’s at play, it can’t always buy results. Let’s analyze by checking out some  key metrics from the game:

Source: Sports Business Institute Barcelona

Manchester Utd will take some comfort in becoming the first English Football Club to make over 500 million pounds in a financial year. Given their poor performance on the pitch last year, I can only imagine how much they will make when they start winning tournaments! But, the other Reds from across the Pennines, managed to put 4 past last years EPL Champions Leicester City, even if Reds Manager, Mr. Klopp did manage to lose his glasses in the process!

Source: Premier League

Perhaps Leicester City will now have to spend some of the GBP100m they recently picked up for winning the league on bolstering their defence team? But they may have to wait until the next Player Transfer Window in January. Will January’s spend top August’s? I think August will be hard to beat.

In fact, for the first time in the EPLs 24-year history spending topped a billion pounds so far this year, as demonstrated by the graphic below:

The ownership of EPL clubs has been a hot topic of late, with the EPL governing body now investigating the recent surge in Chinese purchases. The league considers any stake of more than 30% to represent an exercise of control. It prohibits any single owner from holding more than 10% of multiple clubs, to preserve the integrity of the league, avoiding any potential conflicts of interest. The investigation is focusing on where the funding came from. Was it from private or public sources, are the Chinese government trying to take control of the EPL? Or are the recent surge in deals driven by Chinese corporates simply trying to align themselves with President Xi’s massive passion for soccer?

Let’s take a look at the club ownership picture. US, Russia and China seem to be dominating the club ownership with China going on the most recent spending spree:

Source: Telegraph

Now lets get back to Football Finance Note:

FFN – Performance Update for August:

August was a month of two halves. The first half remained quiet with most of Europe still on holiday, but the second half went crazy, dominated by the closing of the EPL Summer Transfer Window. EPL teams spent over a billion pounds on player transfers for the first time in the leagues’ 24-year history.

FFN now has over GBP47m in deal term sheets issued and awaiting approval by the football clubs, together with more than GBP140m in qualified pipeline deals. This should mean that FFN will be fully invested by Q4.

The NAV has now increased to 1008.11 and during August we continued to receive inflow from our panel of Private Banks.

The Football Finance Note team have been invited to present at the Swiss-Asia Cap Intro event in Hong Kong on 4th October. This is the first time we have ventured into North Asia & we are expecting a lot of interest from mainland Chinese investors looking to play their part in the EPL action. If you would like to learn more about the event or wish to register you can do so here : http://www.swissasia-group.com/cap-intro/ 

 

FFN is still the World’s only route for investing USD into top flight English Football transactions, in a listed, regulated vehicle. As such, the team have been fielding enquires from sophisticated investors who are looking to purchase EPL and Championship Football Clubs outright. Given that our team deal directly with most of the Football clubs for FFN, we are in a strong position to introduce both buyers and sellers, without the need for agents, brokers or third party involvement. This will be an exciting addition to our services outside of regular FFN business.

 

Should you be interested in acquiring a stake in a top tier football club or simply wish to finance the next big player transfer, you can do so from as little as USD125,000 via the Football Finance Note, don’t hesitate to get in touch via FFN@swissasia-group.com or follow our page on Linkedin called ‘Football Finance Note.’

The Amazing Formula 1 Grand Prix in Singapore

Everyone loves a good race.

We all want to be the best; the smartest, the richest, the first. In cars, it’s easy to see who’s the best. The fastest car always wins. With a great driver, there is no match to beautiful engineering.

I was lucky to attend this year’s F1 Grand Prix in Singapore in Marina Bay.

With friends and my lovely family, surrounded by chic pop stars and business leaders, we watched the fastest cars whizz by.

Check out the Guardian’s great coverage of the event.

F1 Singapore Grand Prix: five things we learned from Marina Bay

It was quite a year, with some monitor lizards joining the race and nasty accidents adding to the complaints of the track’s technical issues.

 

Strange happenings on Singapore’s F1 track

See Anthony S Casey’s coverage on Vimeo!

 

Anthony S Casey Singapore F1 Grand Prix from Anthony S Casey on Vimeo.

The Football Season is Here!

Early this month,  the most lucrative football league in the world launched its season.

This is promised to be a thrilling season as coaches Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp begin their battle to win the league and claim the record-breaking prize money (GBP152m). The last placed team will still earn only GBP100m; these earning are paid out from the a new TV broadcasting deal, valued at GBP8billion and payable over the next three years.

This seasons pay-out is 72% more than last seasons, which you can see on the chart below.

The fickle world of top tier football management can be summed up by the chart below:

 

Analysts are predicting that over one billion pounds will be spent on new players before the summer transfer window closes.

Will Pogba earn his history making fee or will Zlatans’ free transfer be the deal of the season? Let he players hash it out?

On Anthony S Casey’s end, Football Finance was quieter this July. FFN gained positive inflows from new investors with the NAV price rising to 1006.87.

Some GBP475m was spent on player transfers by EPL clubs in the month of July, helping us to build a strong deal pipeline in excess of GBP100m.

FFN is happy to announce that a number of ex-professional footballers, including a World Cup winner, have joined the team as advisors to the strategy.

Within the FFN investment strategy we aim to diversify deal type, size and duration for optimal risk management. One of the larger deal types we look at is stadium redevelopment. Clubs are keen to increase capacity on match day as its adds directly to their bottom line. Surprisingly clubs in the EPL have a smaller capacity when compared to some teams on the continent, as indicated on the chart below.

 

With cash rates close to zero and negative bond yields, investors are more inclined to consider alternatives in their quest for growth. As equity markets are looking highly volatile, FFN provides a compelling yield solution. The pound sterling being at a 31- year low against the dollar (see chart below) helps our USD investors maximise value, as FFN buys GBP contracts from the clubs.

FFN has been invited by Swiss-Asia to present FFN to an audience of accredited and institution investors at the Capital Introduction event in Hong Kong.

For all the latest Football Finance news please follow our new LinkedIn page called Football Finance Note. Follow Anthony S Casey on Twitter.

 

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international champions cup

How much “appearance fee” did the big clubs make during the last few weeks? Anthony S Casey weighs in. Looks like Manchester United is  leading the way.

FFN will be joining Manchester City FC’s brand guardian on 29th August 2016. Mark your calendar to hear exclusive insights on how to build a football brand in Asia Pacific.

The football business is a regional and global marketing platform. There is strong competition for fans, sponsors, media coverage and even broadcast opportunities. Learn how Asia’s favourite football league, the English Premier League, enables Manchester City to engage Asia Pacific.
In a landscape drenched with popular teams, how do you differentiate your brand? Manchester City is relatively new to fans in Asia.  How do they compete? How do they, as a brand, compare with rivals Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal. This discussion will also cover the role of franchises. It’s sure to be a great discussion! We hope you join us later this month.

More details on British Chamber of Commerce

29th August 2016 7:30am @ BritCham Singapore.

Update on the Brexit from London

As Winston Churchill once said “The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.”

Anthony S Casey is traveling from Singapore to London. Currently in the land of the Brexit himself, he can speak to what’s happening amidst all the chaos.

So.. the Brexit. What does this mean for everyone else?  Ita”leave”?  Czech”out”?  “Fin”ish?

There is something of a celebratory mood in London right now. It’s all a bit like a bitter ex-spouse that has been claiming £350m alimony per week has finally been cut loose. Great, now we can celebrate Christmas without breaking any EU laws!

Read more of Anthony S Casey’s perspective on the Brexit on Linkedin-

BREXIT, the Euro’s & EPL Summer signings!

5 Epic Triathlons for Serious Competitors

Any triathlon is pretty epic in itself. Through combining swimming, running, and cycling, only the fittest will finish. But what makes some races more “epic” than others? Through intensity and location, these five triathlons will challenge any expert triathlete.

  1. New York City Triathlon

This famous race attracts triathletes from around the world. In this iconic Olympic-distance race, there is 1500m swim, a 40K cycle ride, and a 10k run. First, competitors brave the waters of the chilly early morning Hudson, then bike along Manhattan’s West Side highway, and end with a run in the famous Central Park. It’s held annually in the middle of the summer.

2. Idaho Ironman

Are you an Ironman? The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho is a serious physical test, despite its bucolic settings. In the epic Ironman race, triathletes start off with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene, followed with a 112 mile bike race through rural northern Idaho, finishing with a full marathon along the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene for two steep loops.  Every August.

3. Kona Ironman

Now this is the Ironman of Ironmans. Kona is every triathlete’s dream, achilles heel, etc. It’s what everyone dreams about. It’s the epitome of triathlon racing. Steve Anderson won last year’s Kona race. He speaks about the physical stress of racing, “Whatever you have is left completely rinsed from your being – both physically and mentally – after you cross the line.” An athlete burns so many calories while competing, that you have to eat throughout the race; Anderson eats Cliff Bars.

4. New Zealand Ironman

This race is popular due to its rich scenery and fresh swimming water. It is also the second-longest running Ironman, having celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in 2014. It’s a beautiful race.  The 2.4-mile swim takes place in the clear waters of Lake Taupo.  After a 400-meter run to transition, athletes begin the two-lap, 112-mile bike that travels through the forest and farmland surrounding Taupo. Spectators lining the lakefront as bikers make their way around. The three-lap marathon has great views of the lake and friends and family cheer on the athletes.

5. Escape from Alcatraz

Who knew that one day we’d be swimming laps around a prison, for leisure? Swimming in the freezing San Francisco Bay has become almost a right of passage for triathlon competitors. Since 1981, it’s no wonder this race is popular. With a fabulous vantage point of the Golden Gate Bridge, the brutally difficult Sand Ladder; this race is popular because finishing comes with bragging rights.

This iconic race starts off at the San Francisco Belle ferry near Alcatraz Island to swim 1.5 miles back to shore, often in choppy and chilly conditions. At Marina Green Beach, athletes transition for an 18-mile bike ride around hilly San Francisco, before finishing with an 8-mile run through the Golden Gate Park and climbing 400 steps up the the Equinox Sand Ladder.

 

Singapore Rugby Sevens

As a rollercoaster ride of no time-outs, scintillating acts of athleticism, and age-old rules passed down from centuries of traditions, it’s no wonder rugby is one of the fastest growing sports around the world, especially now that the Rugby Sevens is making its Olympic debut at the Rio Summer games this year.

Singapore’s World Rugby Sevens Series has provided an exciting competition for fans in over 150 territories since 1999. Anthony S Casey attended the Singapore leg of the games. The two-day tournament featured 16 of the world’s top Rugby Sevens teams; from the Aussies to the tough Kiwis, to the South African Blitzboks. Plenty of ferocious fumbles, tackles, rough-housing, tears and laughter, were to be had. The chaos and beauty was as wonderful as the host city, Singapore.

Check out Anthony S Casey’s photos of the event.

 

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Running for Singapore Charities

Anthony S Casey loves to run for Singapore-based charities.

He is a member of the Little Sisters Fund, an organization that works toward brining life-changing educational services to young girls in underprivileged regions of Asia. Through volunteer efforts and donations, Little Sisters fund provides long-term support. They aspire to end Child Marriage, forced Child Labor, and Child Trafficking.

In the ISP, Little Sisters write to their sponsor. A monthly fund of $3,500 covers complete education costs, including ten years of tuition, books, uniforms, and school supplies.

Anthony S Casey supports the efforts of the Little Sisters Fund by running in triathlons.

Check out the Triathlon Association of Singapore to consider running for a great cause. These events are a great way to commit to a cause; physically, too!

Anthony S Casey’s advice for engaging in triathlons?

Start slow.

Everybody likes to comes into the sport enthusiastically. But the biggest mistake people can make is rushing into it.

A 140.6-mile event (2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of cycling and 26.2 miles of running) is much more than a first-time triathletes should even think about attempting as a first-timer.

Triathlons are physically demanding. Don’t forget that. Take time to train. Customize your own training plan. You can start training for a sprint triathlon by just doing an hour of specialized exercise per day.

One event unique to Singapore is the TRI-Factor Series. This event is a four-part series of sporting events engineered for beginners, with the intention of helping athletes finish their very first triathlon.

The best part about marathons and triathlons is that most runners raise money and find sponsors, with the proceeds going to wonderful charities and organizations.

Here are some awesome tips for first-timers:

Ten Tips for First Time Triathletes

13 Tips for Sprint Triathlon Rookie

How Do I Train for My First Triathlon?

BeginnerTriathlete.com

RunForCharity.com

How Do I Raise Money for Charity While Training for a Race?

 

Making Protein Part of Your Fitness Routine

Protein is cheese

What is protein? Why are so many fitness buffs obsessed with getting lots of protein?

When you eat foods that are rich in protein, digestive acids in your stomach break down the protein molecules into amino acids. The amino acids are restructured in unique sequences throughout the body to make the necessary proteins to keep you fighting fit.

There are 22 amino acids that scientists agree are essential to human health. Out of these 22, the human body produces 13 of them without additional intake. We receive the other 9 essential amino acids by ingesting protein-rich foods.

Protein keeps your immune system healthy, repairs tissue, and contributes to the growth of nails and hair. It’s a “macronutrient” – this means is that humans need lots of it.

Proteins from animals; meats, cheese, and eggs, are considered “complete” because they contain all of the essential amino acids. Plant-based proteins miss a few.

According to active.com, the recommendation for normal protein intake for a healthy adult is 0.8 g per kilogram of body weight per day (so, just about 80 g of protein if you weigh 220-pounds).

But more protein is recommended if your highly active.

Additional protein promotes muscle adaptation during recovery from exercise in several ways. It aids in the repair of damage to muscle fibers, promotes the synthesis of new proteins, training-induced adaptations in muscle fibers, and encourages the replenishment of depleted energy resources.

This isn’t to say you should bulk up on your daily protein and expect to become a superhuman. In fact, the best way to take in protein is through a normal diet regimen, not enhanced methods such as powders.

Individual protein requirements can be determined by the size of an athlete and the demands of the sport; whether the activity is more so “endurance” or “strength”-oriented determines the necessary protein intake. And understand that the amount of dietary protein required for muscle recovery is markedly small, requiring only 5 to 10 grams of amino acids. This is only 20 to 40 kcal of protein!

Foods such as fish, meat, eggs, and milk are great for finding essential amino acids. If you’re an athlete, learn what protein regimen works best for you. Remember, don’t overdo it!

 

New Year, New You

It’s that time of year again: the holidays. And right after the holidays, the new year is right around the corner. Do you have your resolutions ready. Is getting fit on that list? you’re not alone. Getting your body in shape is one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions. Here are some tips to make that New Year’s Resolution a reality.

1. Go easy on yourself

There’s nothing wrong with moving at your own pace. When you’re at the gym seeing other people around you running at fast speeds and lifting very heavy weights, it’s easy to get caught up in comparisons. It’s best to start small and you can slowly build up more endurance. Even if you’re just going on a 1 minute walk a day you are moving toward your goal.

2. Formulate a plan: When, How, and What?

The best way to work towards a goal is to set specific expectations for that goal. If you just start the year saying “I want to get fit” you need to figure out how. First, ask when you will exercise. Remember that exercising is not a competition and you don’t have to train as many days a week as other people you know. As long as you set a schedule for yourself, you’re on the right track.

Then, think about how you will exercise. A key part of your workout plan is exactly what you are going to do. The best way to go about this is finding something you enjoy. Lastly, figure out how much time you will spend exercising. Make a plan and stick to it!

3. Get an exercise buddy

Sometimes a exercise buddy can be the wind beneath your wings. As long you are truly doing it to root each other on and not to be competitive, exercising with a friend can be a great social activity. It can be so much fun that you almost forget you’re working out (well, almost). If you know someone who also resolved to get fit, be each other’s accountability buddies. On days when you don’t want to get off the couch, a workout buddy can be just what you need.

4. Make sure your goal is realistic

One of the biggest reasons people drop their New Year’s Resolutions is because they were unrealistic in the first place. Be honest with yourself. You need to develop a solid foundation for fitness before cranking up the intensity. Set a goal that is reasonable and achievable.

The rest is just sticking to your goal and believing in yourself. You can do it!