Asian hedge funds rally in H1, outlook stays positive for H2

Industry sees a strong recovery in performance across a range of sectors and strategies

Societe Generale beefs up presence in Asian prime services

Societe Generale Prime Services has beefed up its presence in Asia with the aim of becoming a top-tier provider of prime services

Simplex thrives on search for Japan small-cap value stocks

Simplex’s newest investment vehicle is the latest to focus on undiscovered value and growth opportunities within Japan’s various equities markets

Consolidation drives evolving Asian fund admin landscape

AsiaHedge’s latest Asian Hedge Fund Administration Survey details the respective market shares for the region’s leading players in terms of fund mandates and assets under administration

About Capital thrives on fundamental/quant strategy blend

Ex-Greenwoods partner Ted Chen’s About Capital pan-Asia firm has built solid foundations for growth with strong results and team expansion

Rising costs and regulation boost middle-office outsourcing

Managers are increasingly seeing the attraction of hiving off middle-office functions to an outsourced third-party service provider

Asia-Pacific prime brokerage survey

Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are running neck-and-neck in terms of the leading overall prime brokers to Asia-Pacific hedge funds this year, according to the AsiaHedge research team

Degroof Petercam eyes potential in Asia fund incubation

Chief executive officer, Michael Stockford, of the Hong Kong-based Degroof Petercam Asset Management (HK) Ltd outlines the group’s hedge fund incubation initiative in the region

Sanchi Credit applies a scientific mind to value-based credit investing

Pranab Pattanaik’s Sanchi Credit Value fund targets pricing dislocations in illiquid bonds and follows a methodical approach to investing in credit

Optimus primed for growth as Wang rides the tech rally

The high-conviction strategy run from Beijing has delivered strong returns since launch in 2011, and the firm is now building out its global research efforts as well as its presence in the US

Prunus blossoms with global biotech sector equity focus

An experienced investment team led by Andy Chen finds rich pickings in the bio-pharma and biotech space, even in a bearish market phase

Australia’s KIS thrives on ‘keep it simple’ investing approach

KIS Capital’s Asia ex-Japan equity long/short strategy has delivered consistently positive performance since its launch in 2009, avoiding large drawdowns in the most challenging times of market turbulence due to its focus on good stock-picks and tight risk management

Asia-Pacific assets hit new record highs despite slower growth

Assets under management in the Asia-Pacific hedge fund industry continued to reach new record highs in 2016, although the growth rate was much slower than in previous years

New Asian hedge fund launches raise $3.2 billion in H2 2016

The flow of new hedge fund launches in Asia continued to run at modest levels in the second half of 2016, although the overall figures were boosted by a handful of large new offerings

Shimoda’s UMJ Galleyla thrives in volatile Japanese market

A blend of technical and fundamental analysis, and a focus on small caps, has served the Tokyo-based Galleyla fund well in a volatile equity market

Roy’s RV Capital takes focused and value-based approach to macro

Veteran trader Ranodeb Roy thrives in tricky markets – finding value in dislocations, avoiding momentum trades and taking contrarian positions

Australian climate change fund Cool Futures bets on cooling planet

The soon-to-launch Cool Futures Hedge Fund will take bets on companies based on how they will fare from the earth’s significant cooling as opposed to global warming

Ex-AMP team at IFM taps quant demand with Asia equity funds

Veteran former AMP Capital team has a new home at IFM Investors and has unveiled its first Asia-Pacific offerings at a time of rising demand for quant equity strategies