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8 Oct 2009

Preview of Brighton House Q3 Hedge Fund Research Report

The upcoming BHA Q3 report indicates that throughout the third quarter, over 37 percent of investors profiled cited a specific interest in event-driven hedge funds, primarily in the merger arbitrage and distressed fixed income areas.

During the third quarter, BHA noted a 20% increase in investors actively evaluating with the intention to invest in fund of hedge funds relative to Q2.

During the third quarter, BHA found that of those investors actively investing in private equity 18% were wealth advisors, 13% were government pension funds, and 15% were family offices and insurance companies. Nearly 50% of the private equity investors that were interviewed indicated that they were looking to speak with new venture capital managers.

The full report is due to be released on October 20th, 2009.

Capstone Charity Event Raised Over $150,000

Capstone Global Markets First Annual Charity Day, with participation of the New Jersey Nets, was a success, raising over $150,000 for The Jasper Against Batten Fund.

Pictured from left: New Jersey Nets President Rod Thorn, CEO and Chief Risk Officer of Capstone Holdings Group L.L.C. Paul Britton, and New Jersey Nets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe.

On October 1st, The First Annual Capstone Global Markets Charity Day supported research focused on finding a cure to Batten Disease, a rare but fatal neurodegenerative disorder affecting children. The boutique derivatives broker dealer donated 100% of its net commissions, for a total of $155,000, to The Jasper Against Batten Fund. This is the largest donation that the charitable organization has ever received. Jasper Duinstra is a 4-year old boy who was diagnosed with Batten Disease in March 2009, and has subsequently been experiencing seizures, deteriorating vision, limited vocabulary and paralysis in his legs.

Representatives of the New Jersey Nets who participated in the event included President Rod Thorn, General Manager (and former New York Knicks player) Kiki Vandeweghe, the New Jersey Nets dance team and the New Jersey Nets mascot.

Each was involved in thanking clients for their business and discussing the importance of the cause. The newly created annual event is part of the commitment from Capstone Global Markets to give back to the global community regardless of the macro financial environment. Every year, Capstone Global Markets will select specific charities to donate to, each with the common goal of helping children.