From Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:
When Singapore-based hedge fund data provider GFIA re-tested the validity of the Asian hedge fund proposition, it found that emerging markets hedge funds had persistently outperformed their regional peers.
From 2003 to the end June 2012, the Eurekahedge North American Hedge Fund Index reported annualized returns of +10.02%, the EurekaHedge European Hedge Fund Index +6.74% and the Eurekahedge Emerging Markets Hedge Fund Index +13.45%.
"Comparing the three fund indices, emerging markets hedge funds offer the highest annualized return over a 10 year period. An investor investing in emerging markets managers in 2003 would have earned a total return of +228% compared with +146% investing in North American hedge funds as of May 2012. Although North American and European hedge funds showed lower standard deviation, the higher returns from emerging markets made it a much more attractive investment for those seeking higher growth," GFIA’s latest Asia Note report says.
Battle of emerging markets - Asia vs Latin America vs EMEA
While most investors think of emerging markets as comprised mostly of BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China), GFIA considers emerging markets to consist of EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Latin America and Asia. A close examination of the three regions showed that Latin America outperformed EMEA and Asia for the past 10 years.
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