Welcome to the December issue of Asia Pacific Intelligence. This month's issue takes us across our region from South Korea to Mongolia to Australia.
Our cover story this month examines the fledgling but remarkably robust hedge fund industry in South Korea, a country that has emerged from the financial crisis in good shape but eager to boost investment returns for its ageing population's pension funding.
From Korea, we shoot off to Australia to interview Daniel Liptak, head of the alternatives business at Zenith Investment Partners, an Australian consulting firm that researches and rates funds available through the mezzanine level of the financial planning networks in Australia plus boutique financial planning groups and larger wealth managers. Increasingly, mom and pop Australians have large pools of assets available to invest in hedge funds - Liptak reports on what takes their fancy.
Back in Singapore, we have a joint Asia/European seeding venture in Woori Absolute Partners, with an interview with chief investment officer, Edward Moon, about how their firm works and when we can expect to see their first seeded fund.
The view from here this month, comes from Mongolia, where the Quam Group offers an investment fund that ticks all the boxes for those who love emerging markets and high volatility. We also have our usual round up of news for the hedge fund industry from the Asian Pacific region.
About the editor - Based in the UK, Beverly Chandler has been a specialist hedge fund journalist and editor for many years. She has written extensively for the national newspapers, including the Financial Times, trade papers and established a number of hedge fund magazines and newsletters. She has also written a series of books on the subject, including Managed Futures - An Investor's Guide for Wiley Financial, and Investing with the Hedge Fund Giants, from Pearson. Beverly was the European editor for MAR Hedge from 1996 to 2000, the years when a great number of the hedge fund manager star names of today were starting to build their businesses. She was awarded the Rose Baratz journalism award by AIMA in 1992.
Beverly has also worked extensively in the hedge fund conference industry, chairing and filming interviews at events for the GAIM conferences among others.
This article was published in Opalesque's Asia Pacific Intelligence our monthly research update on alternative investments in the Asia-Pacific region.