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Asian Hedge Funds Losses

Asian Hedge Funds Losses

Asian Hedge Funds Lose $700M Through Redemptions in Q1

Asian hedge funds suffered stiff losses through redemptions in the first quarter of 2010.  Regulatory and strategic risks drove investors to take out $700 million from Asian hedge funds in a large wave of redemptions.  Despite these redemptions, Asian hedge funds still managed to add $1.5 billion in performance gains.
The Asian hedge fund industry lost US$700 million to redemptions in the first quarter, weighed by concerns about regulatory and strategic risk, according to new data from Hedge Fund Research Inc.

Despite the first quarter's redemptions, the hedge fund industry in Asia still grew due to US$1.5 billion in performance gains. Total assets invested in Asia- focused hedge funds increased to US$77 billion, while the number of funds declined slightly during the quarter to 1,036, the report showed.

The first quarter's outflows are a bit of an anomaly following two quarters of consecutive inflows. Hedge funds focused on Asia ex-Japan have shown some of the best returns over the past year but the first quarter showed some shifts. The HFRX Japan Index gained 7.6% in the first quarter while the HFRX China Index was down 0.75%. The January-March period was the first quarter since the financial crisis that developed Asian hedge funds outperformed emerging Asian funds.  Source

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