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Football Finance Note – June 2017 Performance Update

Dear Investors,

We would like to share the latest monthly performance fact sheet for the Football Finance Note (attached).

Having just returned from London, I am pleased to report a real buzz amongst the big Clubs, during this years EPL ‘Summer Transfer Window.’

The final week of July should produce frenzy of deals, before the window slams shut until January 2018. FFN hopes to participate in this deal flow.

For your convenience, I have summarised the commentary for the month of June below:

June saw the NAV rise to 1029 after last month’s cash distribution was paid out to all FFN investors, for partial year 2016. AUM remains at US$56m across all currency classes, with the USD class now at ~93% fully invested. I met with our partners in London, as well as the funds new Non-Executive Chairman, Lord Michael Grade. Lord Grade is very well placed to take FFN to the next level, given his high level contacts and relationships in both the TV and Football world. During our meeting, we discussed the new FCA regulated fund structure, an EPL requirement from next year, and the tremendous opportunity to invest in other sports, with attractive margins and equally secure income streams. Once the new fund structure for FFN has been finalised, I will be reaching out personally to all FFN investors to discuss.

I also had the opportunity to visit my old stomping ground in the Channel Islands, Jersey. A remarkable island producing outstanding business and very keen to partner with Asia. My old colleagues were kind enough to introduce me to their network of Trust Companies, Asset Managers, Banks and Family Offices. Lots of Football business was discussed and I look forward to developing FFN with a number of firms across Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.

Chelsea FC will be visiting Singapore during the last week of July and will be playing both Bayern Munich and Inter Milan at the National Stadium. I will be hosting our investors at the Inter Milan game and look forward to a good match in preparation for kick-off of the new EPL season on 12th August. 

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You can now follow FFN on Facebook, Linkedin and even our Whatsapp chat group. We look forward to hearing from you.

With Best Regards,

FFN Team

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.

 

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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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!

What is the 5:2 Fast Diet?

Eat this, don’t eat that. Exercise in the morning, exercise at night. Try a sugar and carb free diet, only eat raw meat. There are hundreds of ways to lose weight, each one more complicated than the last.  To be honest, in our busy day-to-day lives, we rarely have time to make substantial adjustments to our routines. The 5: 2 diet is a way to focus less on dieting techniques and more on the daily buzz of life.

The Fast Diet is composed of 5 days of normal eating paired with 2 days of fasting (5:2). Participants are allowed to select any two days of the week on which they would like to fast, restricting caloric intake to 500 calories for women and 600 for men. The average woman may consume up to 2000 calories on a non-fast day and a man, 2400. Depending on your individual BMI (body mass index), these numbers will slightly vary. Your recommended caloric intake will also appropriately scale to your weekly activity level: sedentary, lightly active, moderately active, very active, or extremely active. The 5:2 program is designed to encourage better eating habits in the long run and simply advocate weight loss as a byproduct of an improved lifestyle.

The diet itself became popular in the UK after the BBC Horizon documentary, Eat, Fast and Live Longer. In addition to the 2012 documentary special, celebrity endorsement and media attention has positioned the diet in a favorable light.

It’s important to note that ‘fast days’ do not mean “eat nothing” days. They simply mean that instead of eating as you normally do, you prepare and consume particularly low calorie meals. Here are some excellent low calorie meals you should try for your 5:2 diet:

Slow Cooker Pepperoni and Chicken

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1 cup contains 295 calories, 78 from fat and 52g of protein. This is an excellent post-workout meal.

Mushroom Lasagna Rolls

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At 280 calories per serving, this vegetable-based dish will make for an excellent lunch or dinner.

Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon

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Smoked salmon is the way to go! This breakfast high in omega-3 will give you a strong boost of energy thank will last well into the day.

Have you tried the 5:2 diet before? Let me know!

Is “Too Much Running” a Thing?

The topic of fitness has always been controversial. Some claim that a healthy heart is made in the kitchen while others argue, the gym. Even Coca-Cola has recently shifted the dialogue from whether or not its sugary drinks are unhealthy and instead insists that consumers should simply exercise more. General knowledge dictates that a healthy diet and physical activity go hand in hand when improving one’s overall mental and physical well-being. Most people are asking two not-so-simple questions: which should be given more consideration? And is it possible to simply “overdo” it?

Evidence strongly suggests that a sedentary lifestyle ultimately leads to higher risk for heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, and diabetes. Because of this, doctors recommend at least three days of high-intensity physical activity a week. And yet, some perpetuate the myth that excessive cardiovascular activity can over-exert the heart muscle, leading to an unfortunate and untimely death. It’s unclear what constitutes as “too much exercise” or “running too much” as it differs from person to person, but we do know that bad practices like lifting weights that are entirely too heavy and neglecting rest days can contribute to injury over time. But besides best practice, is it fair to say that runners are at an even greater risk for heart failure?

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Triathletes spend a lot of time training to prepare for ultra-competitive races. Exercise can improve heart health by reducing body fat, improving blood pressure and glucose, lessening stress and increasing production of HDL cholesterol while also lowering LDL levels. Concerned parties often cite isolated stories about consistent runners who randomly collapse in over exertion-related situations. On the contrary, it appears that studies have been unable to successfully link a higher mortality rate to excessive exercise (correlation does not equal causation). Moreover, even though some have suggested in the past that endurance events such as half and full marathons and triathlons pose a threat to runners, this simply hasn’t been proven. Endurance races are taxing, both physically and mentally, however, no concrete evidence exists that runners are at a great risk for heart failure simply because they run. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, cardiac arrests occur in less than 1 percent of every 100,000 runners. Family history of heart disease must always be taken into consideration when assessing these numbers.

Not everyone is equipped to handle endurance training. Those with a family history of premature heart disease, current symptoms of heart disease, or high blood pressure should consult a doctor before engaging in strenuous activity. As science and technology continue to evolve, perhaps we will find more information linking premature heart issues with endurance training. But for now, we just can’t say it’s there.

Fitness Tracker Mania

These days, fitness trackers seem to be all the rage. Whether it’s a FitBit or Apple Watch, athletes are starting to rely on these devices to meet activity quotas or even track their caloric intake. Runners in particular benefit from trackers that can notify them when they’ve reached a certain milestone or distance throughout their workout. Many predict that the Apple Watch will unfortunately send stand-alone trackers to an early grave, much like the iPhone did with the stand-alone camera. However, many companies have not given up on the product and still find value behind inexpensive fitness devices. Coming in at a minimum of $450, it’s easy to see why inexpensive trackers are still in the running and sometimes favored over the Apple Watch. Until Apple can develop a cheaper alternative, it’s safe to say stand-alone trackers are going to survive, even with a niche share of the market.

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Moov Fitness Band

Moov and Misfit recently unveiled new, cost-effective trackers that are sure to grab the attention of cost-conscious customers. Moov has allowed shoppers to pre-order a $59.99 model that is expected to ship sometime this fall. Customers have the option to select a blue, red, black, or white version of the device. Reviews for Moov devices have been positive and the company continues to meet user standards.

Misfit’s “Flash Link” retails for an extremely affordable $19.99 with a user friendly Misfit Link app. In the app, users have the ability to produce commands directly from the tracker such as control Spotify and Pandora music or take pictures with their smartphones. The Link device is available in white, red, blue, and black.

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FitBit Flex

Although FitBit continues to run on the higher end of the spectrum, the company does offer a “Zip” wireless activity tracker clocking in at $59.95. Currently, the most popular tracker from the company is the FitBit “Flex” at $99.95. Many businesses offer employee discounts, making the “Flex” a bit more affordable at times. This device includes activity and sleep tracking, as well as access to the FitBit app where users can track their weight loss goals and meal plans.

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