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New Managers June 2012

Perspectives - Recent views and findings which could be of interest to new hedge fund managers.

New trading techniques for new managers

The link between social media and finance is stronger than ever, and new trading techniques incorporating social media are beginning to emerge, according to SBWire.com. Investors and traders around the world have been using social media trading signals to buy and sell stocks. Unlike complicated quantitative tactics, monitoring social media trading signals is something that anyone can do with an impressive 87.54% accuracy rate, as proven by a 2010 study done at Indiana University, the report says. (See related Opalesque Exclusive here).

Meanwhile, hedge funds are sharply reducing spending on equity research from brokerage firms, in a sign that volatile markets are hurting demand for brokers’ lucrative client services, according to a survey by Greenwich Associates. A coincidence, surely.

Seeders in Asia benefiting from 2008’s severed ties

According to David Walker, 2008 was beneficial for allocators and seeders in Asia. Some of the world’s largest hedge funds in America then cut loose Asian experts managing local assets for them, he says. Thus, an allocator did not need relationships with the likes of Citadel, Highbridge Capital or DW Zwirn to access the best managers in Asia. These managers, with experience of the world’s most competitive hedge funds, started looking for start-up capital. And local seeders benefited in this buyer’s market.

Japanese hedge fund industry is becoming Japanese-speaking

Ed Rogers, head of research and investment firms Rogers Investment Advisors, Wolv......................

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