Nicole Arnaboldi, vice chairman of alternative investments of Credit Suisse, has long hewed to a belief that bear markets often present the best opportunities to generate profits.

This past year didn't quite shape up that way, given a portfolio writedown in line with markets that Arnaboldi says was "not fun." But one challenging year hasn't shaken her belief that there are opportunities aplenty while financial markets are still in the process of returning to a sense of equilibrium.

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