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Report finds Australian hedge and boutique universe is thriving

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London: The inaugural Triple A Partners/Basis Point Consulting Australian Hedge and Boutique Fund Directory reveals that there are at least 165 Australian hedge and boutique funds that control 17% of the entire Australian domestic investment industry.

The directory’s findings include:

  • 165 hedge and boutique investment management firms control US$218.8 (A$208.4) billion, equivalent to 17% of the US$1.25 trillion (A$1.19 trillion) managed by all investment managers in Australia.
  • The industry eclipses Hong Kong’s US$38.8 billion in hedge fund & long-only absolute return assets, and Singapore’s US$21.1 billion sector.
  • For the first time in Australia, the directory identifies and profiles 102 independently-owned boutiques (predominantly long-only, benchmark-unaware strategies) with US$173.9 billion in assets under management (AUM), and 63 hedge fund firms with US$44.9 billion in AUM.
  • More than US$63 billion (roughly 30% of sector AUM) is deployed by Australian managers into global markets such as global and Asian equities, global fixed income and global macro. This US$63 billion figure is larger than Hong Kong and Singapore combined in non-Australian (ie global) investment strategies.

The report’s author and publisher, David Chin, Managing Director of Basis Point Consulting said: 'The Australian hedge and boutique universe is much larger than expected and r......................

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