Hong Kong leads by location as slide in assets eases up

Mon Sep 21, 2009

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An improvement in the markets in the first half of this year did not fully offset the continuing negative effect of redemptions, but anecdotal evidence points to a return to net capital inflows

The mid-year 2009 assets survey for the Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry throws up two interesting features. Firstly, total assets under management have dropped slightly from $122.4 billion at the end of 2008 to $119 billion as at end-June 2009. Secondly, in terms of location, the Asia-Pacific as a region has seen a significant increase in its share of assets from around 63% to 70% and Hong Kong is now the industry's biggest centre. This might signal what could be the beginning of a major shift in the make-up of the Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry.

Given the jump in the Asia-Pacific markets since the beginning of the year, one might have expected the industry's assets to...


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