Asia is definitely growing up - with the number of hedge funds and their assets increasing exponentially, as well as performance holding its own
Paul Storey, AsiaHedge
This year has been a very, very strong year growth wise for Asia-Pacific assets. As you can see from the graph below, the past 12 months have seen a significant growth in the assets under management of single-manager hedge funds. Looking at the bigger picture, this growth has been steady and almost exponential since 2002.
From the annual AsiaHedge asset surveys, we are able to give a conservative estimate of about $80 billion in hedge fund assets in Asia. I think if you were to include all of the quasi-alternative investment funds, it would be well over $100 billion and that is up from about $12 billion five or six years ago. In terms of the numbers, when AsiaHedge first started looking at hedge...