Opalesque Industry Update - Asian hedge funds continued their strong performance in the third quarter, with the HFRX China Index gaining 10.5 percent for the quarter according to data released today by Hedge Fund Research, Inc. (HFR), the leading provider of hedge fund industry data. Strong Q3 returns have brought YTD performance of the HFRX China Index to +5.5 percent, outperforming the benchmark Shanghai Composite by nearly 25 percent. As a result of the strong performance and indicative of the growing global investor interest in exposure to Asian markets, assets invested in Asian hedge funds increased by nearly $4 B to $78 B, inclusive of over $300 M in net new investor inflows.|
The Asian hedge fund industry maintains significantly different strategic dynamics from the overall hedge fund industry, recently experiencing increases in Activist funds and strategies maintaining high sensitivities to equity markets. In the last 12 months, the number of Asian hedge funds which focus on Event Driven strategies increased to nearly 8% of the Asian hedge fund industry; over half of which specialize in Activist and Distressed strategies. Nearly two-thirds of capital invested in Asian-focused hedge funds in allocated to Equity Hedge strategies; this represents a significant contrast to the overall hedge fund industry, of which Equity Hedge represents less than one third. Geographically, new funds continue to locate in China; nearly twenty-five percent of all Asian hedge fund firms are now located in China.
“Macro developments in Asian financial markets have become catalysts for global markets, including currency, equity, commodity and inflation exposures,” said Ken Heinz, President of Hedge Fund Research. “Nearly every aspect of the global economy, from trade, energy, financial stability and production is increasingly influenced by Asian economies, and the Asian hedge fund industry has evolved to provide global investors with access to these influential market dynamics.”