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Australian Fund Monitors provides insight into the Australian hedge fund landscape

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York:

Australian Fund Monitors was founded in 2006 and serves as an on-the-ground information service for offshore investors in Australia. "The big challenge for Australian fund managers and for investors tends to be the distance between Australia and the rest of the world, 24 hours to Europe and 24 hours to New York. Even Singapore and Hong Kong are 8 and 10 hours respectively," explains Chris Gosselin, Founder of Australian Fund Monitors in a recent Opalesque TV interview.

In all, the firm looks at approximately 320 funds from nearly 100 managers, the vast majority of which are local to the country. Australian Fund Monitors looks at funds across strategies and asset sizes in order to provide a more complete picture of the funds landscape in Australia.

"I think the one thing that really typifies the Australian scene is we’ve got a highly educated financial services sector and a very well regulated financial services sector," he says.

Interest in the country has been growing since the crisis. Fund terms in Australia are more favorable to investors and the managers were able to avoid some of the troubling exposures funds in other parts of the world had during the crisis.

"The whole industry is very much geared to monthly redemptions at the outside and a lot of funds, especially for local investors and retail investors have daily redemp......................

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