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New Managers February 2012

Focus
A look at Asian emerging hedge funds, and investors

When launching an Asia hedge fund, expect a budding but crowed space

In last month's issue of NewManagers (p.26), we mentioned a Preqin survey that claimed that Asian investors are not as shy as their Western counterparts when it comes to investing in new hedge fund managers. Indeed, 58% of investors in the region are apparently prepared to invest in new funds, compared to 39% of European investors and 48% in North America. Asian investors were generally less affected by the downturn than those based elsewhere, which could explain their continued, and indeed increased confidence in such funds, said Preqin, a provider of intelligence on the alternative assets industry.

Opalesque did some further investigation into the matter of Asian investors, new managers of Asia funds (international and Asia-based), and international investors in Asia funds.

The first impression was that, Asia-focused hedge funds did just as well - if not better at times - as their other geographical counterparts, and a lot of international players are either setting up Asia funds or are investing in Asia funds to take advantage of the regional opportunities.

Asian investors themselves, however, do not invest so much in Asia hedge funds as they have more of a trader-like approach and prefer investing short term either directly or through domestic funds - usually long-only funds, to ride on the bull market. The environment is good enough for that despite the high volatility. Although wealthy Chinese investors are now turning to "sunshine" private trusts (Chinese version of hedge funds) as the property market cools, stocks slump and bank-deposit rates fail to match inflation, ......................

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This article was published in Opalesque's New Managers a top-down monthly analysis, news and research publication on the global emerging manager space.
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