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AISIN pension fund’s manager shares six specific criteria for hedge fund investment

Thursday, February 23, 2012

From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia - The variety of hedge fund strategies may be sufficient to meet the needs of specific of investors, but it might also obscure what pension funds desire from hedge fund investments said, Takeshi Ito, Senior Portfolio Manager for the AISIN Employees' Pension Fund in an interview with International Quality & Productivity Centre. He was speaking ahead of his participation in the 6th Annual Hedge Fund Investments Japan Congress (23-24 May, Tokyo), where he will take part in the pension fund investors’ panel discussion.

AISIN is one of Japan’s biggest manufacturer with a complete range of automotive parts.

"Objectives toward hedge fund investments has become increasingly multi-faceted: securing absolute yearly returns, as alternatives to equity and bond investments (based on pursuit of the same returns with lower risk than equity markets, or similar risk-return but from products uncorrelated to equities), and as tail hedges are some examples of hedge fund objectives," Ito said.

He mentioned extreme low interest rates, volatile markets and the financial crises that hit the global markets in the past years are a few of the challenges faced by pension funds in the current investment environment. However, while these conditions make the investing environment difficult, Ito said pension funds are stri......................

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