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Asia Hedge Funds 2012

Asia Hedge Funds

Asia Hedge Funds Fighting to Retain Assets After 2011

Asian hedge funds are feeling the pain still from 2011, as hedge fund investors are taking a second look at the region.  Many Asian hedge fund managers took heavy losses and those with a long-only bias fell hard in last year's volatile market.  Several hedge funds in Asia have had to close their doors and those that remain open are fighting hard to keep client assets.
A rough year for Asian hedge funds in 2011 exposed the long-only bias of many managers' portfolios, leaving the industry fighting a tough battle to retain clients as assets shrink and fund closures accelerate.

The setback puts at risk the industry's slow recovery since 2008 and highlights the need for the survivors to reinvent themselves in Asia, where lower market turnover makes some of the trading strategies used by hedge funds in the United States and Europe harder to replicate.

Net outflows in each of the last four months of 2011 have pushed the industry $52 billion (33 billion pounds) behind its peak assets of $176 billion hit in December 2007, data from industry tracker Eurekahedge showed, spelling troubles for start-ups, prime brokers and other service providers who had pinned hopes on a potential expansion.

Well-known funds such as $300 million Thaddeus Capital and more-than-a-decade-old Boyer Allan Investment Management, which once managed $1.8 billion, have shuttered as the number of closures surged past launches for the first time since 2008. Source

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