Industry Analysis

Who survived the summer, who did well and current opportunities


While major problems in the US and Europe caused massive volatility in August, Asian hedge fund managers who were well prepared were able to defend their funds

As the summer in the northern hemisphere draws to a close, Asian hedge fund managers can look back on a period that was either very painful or packed with opportunities, depending on how well-equipped their strategies were to ride out volatility. Bad news from the US and Europe rocked regional markets, and for many managers the spectre of 2008 loomed large.

By the month-end the AsiaHedge Index was down 2.12%, vs 1.76% for the HFI Global Index, and losses of 1.77% and 1.40% for the EuroHedge Composite Index and Absolute Return (American) Composite Index, respectively. However, this negative