SOURCE: GlobalBridge

August 23, 2007 11:11 ET

Hedge Fund Risk and Transparency Concerns Addressed by New Offering From GlobalBridge and Topos

GlobalBridge Topos Alternative Strategy Enables Trust Banks and Wealth Managers to Effectively Compete for Growing Hedge Fund and Alternative Investment Assets

MINNEAPOLIS, MN and STAMFORD, CT--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - GlobalBridge Inc., a provider of separately managed account solutions for trust banks and wealth advisors, and Topos LLC, a Stamford, CT-based investment firm, today announced a new alternative investment product, the GlobalBridge Topos Alternative Strategy(SM). The next-generation product, which seeks to offer truly uncorrelated returns with low volatility, was designed for clients of trust banks and wealth managers, and is available exclusively from GlobalBridge.

Kelly Coughlin, GlobalBridge chairman and CEO, said, "Now, for the first time through our alliance with Topos, trust banks and wealth management advisors have a superior alternative investment product that will allow them to effectively compete for the asset allocations going to hedge funds from institutions and sophisticated investors. GlobalBridge Research shows that two-thirds of endowments invest an average of 18 percent of their assets in hedge funds and alternatives. We wanted to put our trust bank customers in a position to compete for these assets, but do so on terms that suit the requirements of our customers, including full transparency, complete custody and daily liquidity. Topos and GlobalBridge were of the same mind-set with their positioning and differentiation. So it was truly a perfect match."

A new-generation investment model with transparency, liquidity, risk control and absolute returns

Marc Groz, founder and chief investment officer of Topos, co-developer of the GlobalBridge Topos Alternative Strategy, said, "GlobalBridge presented Topos with a unique challenge and opportunity: to collaborate in the development of an absolute return investment vehicle, while eliminating the lack of client control, liquidity, and risk transparency that characterize too many hedge funds." He concluded, "The result of that collaboration, the GlobalBridge Topos Alternative Strategy, effectively raises the bar for the entire hedge fund industry."

In contrast to other alternative investments, the GlobalBridge Topos Alternative Strategy puts clients in control of custody, transparency, liquidity, leverage, and reporting -- with a very attractive fee structure. Topos' disciplined, quantitative approach to Long/Short US Equities is the answer for institutional and qualified individual investors wishing to diversify into alternative investments, but without the shortcomings inherent in traditional hedge fund models.

About Topos LLC and Marc Groz

Topos LLC is an investment firm based in Stamford, CT. The firm was founded by Marc Groz. With more than 20 years of experience developing quantitative trading and investment strategies, Groz is the author of "Forbes Guide to the Markets" and has been quoted extensively in the Wall Street Journal, Risk, Reuters, Business Week, and The New York Times.

GlobalBridge, based in Minneapolis, Minn., offers separately managed account (SMA) programs to trust banks and advisors for individual and institutional investors nationwide. The GlobalBridge Open Custody SMA(SM) is the only program that offers complete open architecture in trust accounting systems, custodial relationships, investment vehicles, trading, and investment manager selection. For more information visit www.globalbridge.com.

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