Asian hedge funds: two steps forward, one step back

Fri Feb 17, 2012

Overview of the Asian hedge fund market

Glance no further than towards the top-line numbers, and growth in the Asian hedge fund industry over the last decade has been impressive. Between June 2004 and June 2011, according to AsiaHedge data, total assets in Asian hedge funds rose from $49 billion to $144.65 billion, an increase of close to 200%. The total number of funds, meanwhile, has also surged in recent years – from 348 at the end of 2003 to 785 in June 2011.

This all sounds healthy enough for an industry that was left more severely scarred by the 2008 crisis than hedge funds in the US and Europe. After all, assets under management in Asia fell by a calamitous 33.4% in 2008 and by $8.6 billion in the fourth quarter of that annus horribilis alone.

Probe slightly deeper, however, and it is clear that the region’s alternative investment management industry still has plenty...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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