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Japan hedge fund outperforms by focusing on inefficiencies and irrationalities

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva for New Managers:

Here is a long/short equity fund that focuses on small caps in Japan and is doing so with accomplishment.

After returning almost 99% last year, the Hayate Japan Equity Long/short fund won a number of awards from Eurekahedge and the Global Emerging Manager Awards (GEMA). And while the fund is up 5.6% YTD (to June), Japanese hedge funds on average seem flat so far this year – after having enjoyed 2013 as a year of plenty. The HFRX Japan Index is up 0.67% YTD (to end June), after returning 32.77% in 2013 (8% in 2012, -6.8% in 2011 and 8.3% in 2010). The Eurekahedge Japan Hedge Fund Index is up 0.79% YTD (est., to end July), after returning 27.8% in 2013 (5.6% in 2012, -1% in 2011 and 8% in 2010).

The Hayate fund, which was launched in March 2006, gained 98.7% in 2013, 12% in 2012, 9.5% in 2011 and 2% in 2010. Its only down year was 2007 (-3.2%). In terms of assets under management, it had about $50 million ......................

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