ASIA: Consolidation, institutionalisation mark Asian hedge fund landscape

Mon Apr 16, 2012

DATA INCLUDES: Asia hedge funds at a glance, assets, new funds, median performance

Aradhna Dayal, editor, AsiaHedge

For the Asian hedge fund industry, 2011 will be remembered as the year of contrasts. While on the one hand, excruciating markets dented performance and triggered a virtual tsunami of consolidations, on the other hand new fund launches in Asia raised almost $4.5 billion – the highest figure to be recorded since the global financial crisis of 2008.

In asset terms as well, the contrast could not be more ironic. While overall industry assets took a hit, ending 2011 at an estimated $141 billion, the past year also saw a flow of stable, long-term institutional capital (largely from US investors) move into Asian hedge funds. Even in performance terms, it is a similar story: the AsiaHedge Composite Index fell 6.51% in 2011 (with India and China country funds taking significant hits with median losses of 30% and 18%, respectively) but, at the same time, many...

ISSN: 2151-1845 / CDC10004H

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