Hedge Funds

Monsoon Capital’s quantitative trading approach pays off

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In the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, diversification has been key to the re-emergence of Monsoon Capital as a multi-product pan-Asian firm

Gautam Prakash
If the name Phoenix hadn’t already been bagged by another fund manager, Monsoon Capital’s Gautam Prakash might have been tempted to take it. In 2007 the firm’s long-only small and mid-cap India Inflection Fund, launched in 2004, was exceeding expectations, gaining $500 million in the fourth quarter of that year to take assets under management to a dizzying peak of $1.6 billion – by no means small beer for a single-country Asian hedge fund.

Then came the market firestorm in late 2008 that stripped 90% off Monsoon’s AUM. While