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APS Greater China Fund closes 2013 up 4.54% despite challenging Q4

Monday, January 13, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Singapore-headquartered fund manager APS Asset Management said that its Greater China Long/Short Fund ended 2013 up 4.54% despite poor showing in the fourth quarter.

The fund generated a return of -0.87% net during the fourth quarter of 2013. "Our short position in the leisure sector underperformed in 4Q13 as the market turned more bullish on the sector after seeing strong industry growth in the quarter. However, the company continued to underperform peers due to capacity constraints. Its share price went up on P/E expansion instead of strong earnings growth," lead portfolio manager James Liu explains.

The APS Greater China Long/Short Fund invests in the China A-Share market and shares of companies established or operating in the People’s Republic of China that are listed on exchanges in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. It opportunistically shorts positions to hedge exposure to the mainland China stock markets. This open-ended fund was incepted in March 2007, runs $33.5m, and is domiciled in the Caymans. The NAV of its Class A is at $182.52.

Liu seems bullish about this year. He cites the policy changes introduced by the Chinese government in the fourth quarter of 2013 and says these changes signalled the resolve of President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to restructure the economy towards a more market-oriented direction.

"The third plenum meeting of the Chinese Communi......................

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