The AlphaStars competition, sponsored by FactSet, sees Anthony Iser and Nikhil Garg of UBS maintaining their grip in the second quarter of 2009 in Asia ex-Japan and India respectively. Iser made a relative return of 87.5% for the second quarter of the year. But Garg's return of 134.2% has eclipsed all of his peers. Osamu Ito of Mizuho Securities outpaced Nikko Citigroup's Mattia Ciancaeoni in Japan, 44.7% to 34.9%.
Elsewhere, KE Absolute's Robert de Courcy Hughes did well in Asia ex-Japan, making 72% on the quarter. Harish Lalwani of JP Morgan, made 68.1% in India.
Both Iser and