Japanese Hedge Funds
Japanese Hedge Fund Managers| Notes
It would seem that choppy markets in Japan over the past several years is now helping hedge funds in this region navigate the current financial crisis. Most of the funds I know which run funds focusing on Japanese securities also run diversified Asia or China funds which have done very poorly, I would be curious to see if those managers who run both Japan-specific funds as well as China funds faired better than the average fund in China. Here is the article excerpt:
Japan's hedge fund industry, dominated by so-called long-short funds that bet on rising and falling stock prices, will attract capital on signs they are starting to outperform peers, Credit Suisse Group AG said.
The 81-fund Eurekahedge Japan Long-Short Equities Index fell 11 percent this year through October, compared with a 21 percent drop for an index that tracks more than 1,000 global long-short hedge funds and a 40 percent slide by the MSCI World Index, a global benchmark.
``Japanese long-short strategies have weathered reasonably well the market turmoil,'' Boris Arabadjiev, head of alpha strategies at Zurich-based Credit Suisse's asset management unit, said in an interview in Tokyo yesterday. ``That relative performance has already started to attract capital, and we believe that it will continue to attract capital. We continue to be favorably disposed to managers investing in Japan.''
This year has been the worst on record for hedge funds, an estimated $1.56 trillion industry, with the average fund losing 16 percent through October, according to data compiled by Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research Inc. The industry saw net withdrawals of $62.7 billion in October, according to Eurekahedge Pte., a Singapore-based industry data provider. Read more...