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All about China hedge funds – Nearly 300 hedge funds are now located in Greater China (Part II)

Monday, September 05, 2011

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva:

There are many more hedge funds located in Greater China than ever before, and many more which are not located but which invest there. Those funds have been shown to offer a risk protection for people investing in the stock market in China. But be aware of the true nature of sunshine hedge funds, and beware of dodgy firms, shadow banking, closet beta fund managers, and the many legal and regulatory requirements, which can be confusing.

Part I can be accessed here: Source

Some statistics According to Hedge Fund Research (HFR), there are many Asian-focused hedge funds, not necessarily head-quartered in Asia, which invest broadly across the region. The number of funds investing primarily in China (32.9%) experienced increases in the latest quarter. Geographically by firm location, the number of Asian hedge funds located in China and Singapore increased in 2Q11 too.

"In the second quarter of 2008, there were 189 funds located in China (Greater China, so including Hong Kong)," HFR’s Josh Gu noted. "And in the second quarter of 2011, the number increased to 281. After the financial crisis, China became the third country with the largest amount of hedge fund firms located there, following the U.S. and the U.K. So there are more hedge......................

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