Firm Looks To Japanese Pensions With New Fund Of Funds

Nov 1 2010 | 12:35pm ET

New York-based AIFAM Inc. has launched a fund of hedge funds targeting Japanese pension funds.

The long/short equity strategy isn't new to the US$600 million firm—it has run managed accounts using it since 2006, earning between 2% and 3% annually. Now the firm, which is based in New York but boasts Tokio Marine Holdings as a major minority investor, is hoping to ramp up both the strategy and its performance.

The AIFAM Hedged Equity Fund is targeting returns of about 6% per year, founder Takuma Aoyama told Bloomberg News. The fund, which debuted with US$17 million in proprietary capital yesterday, hopes to raise US$50 million by the end of the first quarter and US$150 million in its first year.

"Japanese pension funds are faced with serious problems," Aoyama said. "We're not making any promises that we're going to offer a fund that will not be affected by the market moves at all, but instead, we're going to offer a fund that will allow investors to shrink their losses with the same capital they may invest in other asset classes."

The new fund has a capacity of about US$1 billion and invests in between 12 and 15 underlying global long/short managers, including some sector-specific managers. It will steer clear of emerging managers and those with long lockups, with a goal of being able to liquidate the entire portfolio in a month.

The fund will charge no performance fees, to avoid incentivizing its management team to take greater risks.


In Depth

Whisky Business: The Ultimate Liquid Alternative Investment

Sep 15 2014 | 7:02am ET

David Robertson knows his single-malt whisky—he was the Master Distiller at the...

Lifestyle

Hedgies Rock Out For Children's Charity

Sep 15 2014 | 8:40am ET

It's that time of year again—when hedgies trade in their spreadsheets for guitars...

Guest Contributor

Volkered: How Financial Sector Reforms are Creating Opportunities for Hedge Funds

Sep 16 2014 | 11:28am ET

New regulations have dramatically curtailed proprietary trading activity in investment...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

July/August 2014 Cover

In search of the ‘new normal’ at the Fed

The Federal Reserve keeps baby-stepping toward a “normalization” of monetary policy. But just what is normal?

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.