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Investors concerned about volatility of Indian hedge funds after stellar 2014

Friday, January 02, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Despite recording a strong 38.95% gains in January to November 2014, investors are not expected to make a beeline for India-focused hedge funds on concerns about high volatility of returns of Indian hedge funds.

In a report, Hassan Mohamad, an analyst with alternative investments data provider and research house Eurekahedge, said Indian-focused hedge funds need to generate consistent solid performance to attract investors. For example, he said Indian hedge funds fell 50.66% in 2008, gained 49.42% in 2009, down 22.9% in 2011, jumped 12.84% in 2012, fell 8.52% in 2013 and up 34.34 % in 2014.

Mohamad was quoted as saying, "India-dedicated managers will need to repeat their performance of 2014 much more consistently going forward to attract any serious attention from investors. For investors, the added fees of a hedge fund set-up cannot adequately justify this performance."

He added that the much-valued downside protection that hedge funds traditionally offer to investors has also been absent in the case of domestic hedge funds. Thus, investors could be better off putting their money in a simple long-only investment fund that charges lower fees and usually more upside.

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