Beverly Chandler, Opalesque London:
Two big changes in the Asia Pacific region are engaging the attention of Andrew Main, managing partner of Stratton Street Capital. The first is the Australian election, bringing a change of government with the election of Tony Abbott, ultra conservative and, in Main’s opinion, a more laissez faire, less governmental involvement role to the Aussie economy.
"What we have tended to see in markets towards the end of last week was firmness in the Aussie dollar which reflected people squaring up their positions and waiting to see what policies come out with the new government" Main says. "Traditionally the Australian central bank is independent and I think we are unlikely to see any change in potential policies from the central bank in Oz in the next few months but if there are major changes in policies it will have an effect."
$1.75bn Stratton Street Capital runs two absolute return funds which are invested in the Asia Pacific region. The Renminbi Bond fund which offers hedged exposure to the Renminbi and the Wonda fund, an absolute return bond and currency fund. The Wonda fund has been short the Aussie dollar and Main says he and his team remain cautious of the Aussie dollar. "There are some words coming out from the past administration that there is a bigger deficit than had been anticipated so let’s wait and see what the government coming in says."......................
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