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Theodore Shou claims 'abundant opportunities’ for China-focused hedge funds

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

There are "abundant opportunities" for China-focused hedge funds and the sector is headed to continue outperforming its peers, said Theodore Shou, Hong Kong-based chief investment officer at fund of hedge fund manager, Skybound Capital.

He told, "Nowadays, investors are flooded with negative news on China: concerns of a financial crisis, a property bubble, and so on. But we actually see abundant opportunities in China."

He noted the current thrust of China’s new leader President Xi Jinping who has accepted a slower growth rate of about 7% for a more sustainable future. China-focused hedge funds delivered 16.1% gains in 2013 compared to 0.1% registered by the Hang Seng Index. The average hedge fund returned 8% in 2013, according to Eurekahedge.

Eurekahedge added Asian managers outperformed their global peers last year as Greater China focused hedge fund managers delivered their sixth consecutive month of positive returns, up by 1.39%. The Eurekahedge Asia ex Japan Hedge Fund Index gained 13.47% for the year, outperforming the MSCI Asia ex Pacific.

Shou went on to say, "Such performance dispersion between hedge funds and the market is nothing new. It was in e......................

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