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Fri Jul 1, 2005


Northern lights: what's the secret?


Scandinavia's dynamic hedge fund markets have been outshining their European cousins over recent years. Barry Cohen looks at how the countries in the region are performing

To the outside world, Scandinavia is widely regarded as a prosperous region with an enviable history of industrial and social innovation. What is often overlooked, however, is that because of the export-oriented nature of so many Scandinavian multinational firms, their open national economies have also spawned dynamic financial markets. And against that backdrop of financial sophistication, the region has given birth to an impressive and rapidly growing hedge fund industry.

Compared to other areas of the world, not only have assets under management grown at a faster rate, but our research also reveals that Scandinavian hedge funds have substantially outperformed their peers in the rest of Europe. Local managerial talent is reflected in the fact that a relatively large number of Scandinavian funds have...

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