Asia-Pacific assets edge up slightly to $138 billion

Tue Sep 21, 2010


Industry assets remained more or less static in H1 2010, a reflection of slow capital inflows offset by continued redemptions and largely flat performance, with Asia ex-Japan emerging as the largest strategy


The AsiaHedge Asset Survey for 1H 2010 throws up virtually no surprises, with Asian hedge fund assets growing marginally by less than 4% during the first half of the year to $137.75 billion by end-June 2010 - confirming our suspicions that this is an industry currently caught in a state of a limbo.

The first six months of the year saw Asian managers grapple with the double whammy of tough markets, high volatility and extremely restricted capital inflows. While the recovery in total industry assets from the lows of $118.75 billion in June 2009 continued, the pace of growth slowed down considerably in 1H 2010 as the macro environment worsened globally and investors deferred their asset-allocation plans even further.

A big positive trend that got firmly entrenched was that of hedge fund assets moving to Asia to be managed locally. The split between Asia and non-Asia based assets has...

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