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Asian hedge funds expand 21% in 2014 to reach record $193bn as seeders and strategic investors become more active

Monday, March 23, 2015

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The Asia-Pacific hedge funds registered strong growth last year as assets reached a record $192.81bn or a 21% increase from the $139.8bn recorded at end 2013. The figure is still higher than the previous industry high of $191bn that was seen in the pre-crisis heyday of 2007, according to the latest AsiaHedge Asset Survey.

"Asian hedge funds have delivered two solid years of outperformance in 2013 and 2014 – which has put Asia firmly back on investors’ radar screens. In particular, many of the Asian billion dollar funds brought in strong double digit returns in 2014, boosting investor confidence," commented Aradhna Dayal, editor of AsiaHedge and head of Asia for HedgeFund Intelligence.

China strategies largest hedge fund category in Asia

The survey also found that China-focused strategies emerged as the largest hedge fund category in Asia last year, with assets at $32.88bn. It added that as much as 86% or $167bn of industry assets are now being managed out of Asia. Hong Kong is the biggest hub for these funds, with as much as $68bn of assets based in Hong Kong, way ahead of traditional hubs like New York and London.

Dayal added, "In addition, the entry of influential seeders and strategic investors that backed a number of large new launches in Asia last year has been a game changer. Other factors propelling this dramatic industry e......................

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