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Fund allocation to Asia still low from non-Asian investors but locals are raising their share of allocation, says Paul Smith

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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From Sagar Chakraverty, Opalesque Asia:

In a recent interview, Paul Smith, founder of Triple A Partners , shared his views with Opalesque's, Matthias Knab regarding the perceptions that both foreign and local investors have about Asia.

Triple A Partners is a seeder and distributor head-quartered in Hong Kong. The firm has seen a marked increase of new fund launches in Asia over last 6 months, primarily from managers with proprietary trading backgrounds, but also from investment bankers entering the hedge funds markets.

Smith said, "It is a tough environment to be in investment banking at this moment so a career in hedge fund management is a lot more attractive. Some of them have left that environment with considerable personal funds so they have been able to self-seed effectively; others have raised money through normal seeding channels."  

Asian markets as seen by foreign and local investors European and North American investors still allocate relatively small portions of their funds to Asia and typically look for 20%-30% returns. Non-Asian investors tend to allocate when markets are bullish and they do not have any long-term commitment to Asian markets "Sometimes you can be misled by the rhetoric into believing that investors are actually looking for true hedge fund......................

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