Asian strategies, like most hedge fund strategies, had a tough
time last year – as a result of fears that contagion
from Greece would threaten the euro, governments tackling their
debt problems, natural disasters and to a lesser extent the
Equities in Asia were sold off significantly as they are
perceived to be high beta plays, according to Mark Martyrossian
(pictured), fund manager of the Tiburon Taipan fund, which has
a long/short strategy focusing on the Asian region.
Long term refinancing operations (LTRO), however, has also
poured oil on troubled waters in 2012, he adds. "There was a
lot of pessimism in markets in the second half of last year
because of the parlous state of the Eurozone," Martyrossian
says. "As a result of euro inspired fears, stocks in Asia
– perceived to be a high beta plays – were
sold off significantly."
However, as the effects of LTRO started...