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Asia emerges as new leading hedge fund center

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

From Precy Dumlao, Opalesque Asia:

In Part One of this series, we discussed how Asian managers are offering more diverse opportunities for the hedge fund industry. In this article, Singapore-based hedge fund research firm GFIA presents facts that show how Asia is emerging as a major competitor with London and the U.S. in the hedge funds universe.

According to GFIA Pte. Ltd.’s latest Hedge Fund Insight communication, over the last five years, the geographical balance in the hedge fund industry has been continuously shifting and the dominance shared by London and New York has been fading as Asia emerges as a new leading hedge fund center.

GFIA noted that historically problematic issues, particularly raising assets the region’s distance from many allocators, are now almost non-existent. The past couple of years have seen Asia becoming increasingly attractive for managers wanting to set up new offices.

Two of the major advantages of Asian cities are low rental and operational costs compared to London and New York. And despite rental costs in key Asian cities increasing in recent years, they are still relatively low compared to their Western counterparts.

But the most important advantage offered by Asia is its more liberal regulation. While hedge fund managers in the West are threatened with increase......................

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