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China Emerges As Asia's Hedge Fund Capital


22/05/2012

China has continued to emerge as the preferred location for hedge fund firms investing in Asia, while the number of Asia-focussed hedge funds is approaching the record number set just before the global economic crisis, according to new data from Hedge Fund Research (HFR).
HFR's data shows that 30% of hedge funds investing in Asia are headquartered in China, a substantial increase since the first quarter of 2009 when 20% of these funds were China-based.
Globally, China trails only the US, UK and Switzerland as the preferred location for hedge funds worldwide, ahead of both Canada and France by number of hedge funds. In the Asian region, Singapore is the second-most preferred location for Asian-focused funds, with nearly 10% of funds located there, followed by Australia and Japan, respectively.
The number of active Asia-focused hedge funds increased to 1,101 in the first quarter of this year, approaching the record number of 1,107 Asia-focused hedge funds set in the fourth quarter of 2007. Total capital invested in the Asian hedge fund industry increased by over USD4.5bn since the end of 2011 to USD86.6bn to end of the first quarter this year.
“It is difficult to overstate how important the ability for investors to access Asian markets and investors as an integral component of the growth of the global hedge fund industry in coming years,” stated Kenneth J. Heinz, President of HFR. “China will continue to emerge as the capital of the Asian hedge fund industry, representing integral access to specialized local expertise and insight of Asian markets as sophisticated hedge fund strategies evolve to operate in these markets. As this occurs, funds operating in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore will be as relevant and significant to investors as those operating in New York, London and Zurich.”
Hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia posted industry-leading gains to start 2012, with the HFRI EM: Asia ex-Japan Index gaining 7.4% in the first quarter of this year, the best start for the index since 2006 when it gained 12.3%.
The HFR index of Emerging Asia hedge funds easily outperformed Chinese equity markets by over 450 basis points for the first quarter of 2012 following a volatile 2011 which saw the HFRI Asia Index decline by 18.08%. In contrast, while the HFRX Japan Index gained 5.2% for Q1 2012, it trailed the strong quarterly gain of 19.2% for the Nikkei 225.China has continued to emerge as the preferred location for hedge fund firms investing in Asia, while the number of Asia-focussed hedge funds is approaching the record number set just before the global economic crisis, according to new data from Hedge Fund Research (HFR).
HFR's data shows that 30% of hedge funds investing in Asia are headquartered in China, a substantial increase since the first quarter of 2009 when 20% of these funds were China-based.
Globally, China trails only the US, UK and Switzerland as the preferred location for hedge funds worldwide, ahead of both Canada and France by number of hedge funds. In the Asian region, Singapore is the second-most preferred location for Asian-focused funds, with nearly 10% of funds located there, followed by Australia and Japan, respectively.
The number of active Asia-focused hedge funds increased to 1,101 in the first quarter of this year, approaching the record number of 1,107 Asia-focused hedge funds set in the fourth quarter of 2007. Total capital invested in the Asian hedge fund industry increased by over USD4.5bn since the end of 2011 to USD86.6bn to end of the first quarter this year.
“It is difficult to overstate how important the ability for investors to access Asian markets and investors as an integral component of the growth of the global hedge fund industry in coming years,” stated Kenneth J. Heinz, President of HFR. “China will continue to emerge as the capital of the Asian hedge fund industry, representing integral access to specialized local expertise and insight of Asian markets as sophisticated hedge fund strategies evolve to operate in these markets. As this occurs, funds operating in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore will be as relevant and significant to investors as those operating in New York, London and Zurich.”
Hedge funds investing in Emerging Asia posted industry-leading gains to start 2012, with the HFRI EM: Asia ex-Japan Index gaining 7.4% in the first quarter of this year, the best start for the index since 2006 when it gained 12.3%.
The HFR index of Emerging Asia hedge funds easily outperformed Chinese equity markets by over 450 basis points for the first quarter of 2012 following a volatile 2011 which saw the HFRI Asia Index decline by 18.08%. In contrast, while the HFRX Japan Index gained 5.2% for Q1 2012, it trailed the strong quarterly gain of 19.2% for the Nikkei 225.

Source: www.investorsoffshore.com

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