Sat, Aug 2, 2014
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Asia Pacific Intelligence

Ex-sovereign wealth manager offers conservative fixed income hedge fund with Asian twist

Monday, October 08, 2012

Guan Ong, Principal of Singapore based Blue Rice Investment Management can bear witness to the challenges of being a relatively new and emerging manager of an Asian hedge fund. He founded BRIM in December 2009. It is a long/short fixed income fund, with $60m under management, investing in Asian bonds, denominated in dollars, a liquid market that has some $300bn in assets.

As Ong explained in his Opalesque TV interview in June, he has been in investment for many years, starting with the Prudential, working in Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong and then establishing and building the Korean sovereign wealth fund, the Korea Investment Corp, in 2006. As the first chief investment officer, Ong started from scratch with a mandate to build the sovereign wealth fund which launched with $20bn under management and now has $50bn. "We started from a risk based perspective using passive fixed income" he explains in an interview with Asia Pacific Intelligence. "We then added more active risk and built in equity, then hedge funds."

As a fixed income fund, it has return targets of high single digit returns. The portfolio is biased towards long bonds at the moment with shorts acting as insurance. "We are concerned about corporate profits - where is global growth coming from?" Ong says. "There is such a flow of liquidity that keeps pushing prices higher."

Ong believes that his fund will best suit a conservative investor who wants to go for a lower risk, lower volatility investment.

 
This article was published in Opalesque's Asia Pacific Intelligence our monthly research update on alternative investments in the Asia-Pacific region.
Asia Pacific Intelligence
Asia Pacific Intelligence
Asia Pacific Intelligence
Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing
  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Opalesque Exclusive: Kyria Capital Management bets on women hedge fund managers[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: As hedge fund assets top $3 trillion, and long/short strategies get more crowded than ever, with every manager hunting for even the tiniest bit of alpha, a new firm has emerged that claims its own edge – women. A recent Rothstein Kass study showed women-owned a

  2. Opalesque Exclusive: Q2, H1 end positively for hedge fund performance[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: New hedge fund monitor data from Citi Prime Finance shows that overall, hedge funds ended the month of June and the first half of the year positively. Composite hedge fund performance, equal-weighted across funds, ranged from +0.93% to +1.73%. June-14 performa

  3. Many CTAs have become more short-volatility in the last five years[more]

    Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: Quantitative easing has reduced and then suppressed volatility for the last five years. So analysts at R.G. Niederhoffer Capital Management recently examined if there had been a tendency for CTAs and hedge funds to adjust their styles to become more 'shor

  4. Other Voices: Event driven strategy outlook: Broader focus required[more]

    This article was authored by Alex Gavrish, founder and CEO of Etalon Investment Research, and author of "Wall Street Back To Basics."

  5. Other Voices: Not so easy to replicate activist hedge funds and achieve similar performance[more]

    This article was authored by Alex Gavrish, founder and CEO of Etalon Investment Research, and author of "Wall Street Back To Basics." With the amount of activist investments on the rise during the last few years, more and more media at