Asian hedge fund strategies

Fri Feb 17, 2012


Diversification with an Asian twang


The precise proportion of Asian hedge fund assets that are invested in equity-based strategies is open to conjecture. According to the latest AsiaHedge data, as of June 2011 there was a total of $144.65 billion invested in Asian hedge fund strategies. Of this, close to $102 billion, or a little over 70%, was in dedicated equity funds (specified as global equity, Australian equity, Chinese equity and Indian equity), or overwhelmingly equity-based strategies (Japan long/short and market-neutral; Asia ex-Japan and market-neutral; and Asia including Japan and market-neutral).

This, however, overlooks the equity component of multi-strategy funds (contributing $14.2 billion, or almost 10% of the total) and event-driven strategies as well as the equity index allocations of macro strategies. It also excludes strategies categorised as 'other', which amount to $13.3 billion, or 9.2%, and which includes Korean, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian equity strategies. ...

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