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Investors still putting money into emerging markets despite tepid performance

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: Middle East and Africa focused funds have been one of the best performing sub-sectors of the hedge fund industry in 2012, according to new data from eVestment. Emerging markets strategies outperformed in Q3 2012 with those investing in the Middle East & Africa posting the second largest gains among the group, +8.22% (India +23.28%). By comparison global EM strategies were up +3.42% and the hedge fund aggregate was up +2.78%.

For the year, Middle East and Africa focused funds are up 15%, putting the group well ahead of many other hedge fund strategies this year. The regions are also consistently gathering assets, which make them a standout relative to other emerging markets which have seen more tepid inflows. South Africa focused funds have been a standout among EM in 2011 & 2012 producing relatively good aggregate performance in periods when their country’s equity markets were negative and when rising; +9.0% in 2011 & +13.8% in 2012.

The eVestment data tracks with a Reuters account that the new market of choice for the smart money on Wall Street is Africa. As the piece notes, much of the Africa story is being supported by firms like Renaissance Capital which sees diversified investment opportunities throughout the content. For hed......................

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