Hasan Financial Preps Japan-Focused L/S Strategy

Jun 21 2007 | 9:39am ET

U.K.-based Hasan Financial Corporation Limited will begin trading the HFC Japan Tactical Alpha Strategy, a Japan-focused equity long/short offering, within the next few weeks. This is the firm’s first run at managing a pool of capital having only managed separately managed accounts since inception in 1996.

The strategy uses in-house technical analysis to identify inflection points in asset prices where volatility and price momentum are in position to contribute to positive performance to the strategy. It is cap-agnostic and focuses purely on technical analysis and the Elliot Wave theory. “It’s a little more directional that just a purely long/short strategy because we want to assume market directional and not remain neutral,” said Paul Hutchings, the strategy’s advisor.

Hutchings describes the current Japanese equity market as a “hodge-podge situation” and sees investment opportunities for the strategy’s long and short portfolios. “Japan right now seems to be drawn to what’s going on in U.S. and European equities unlike in 2003 when it was outperforming the European and U.S. markets,” he said. “We’re seeing a lot of churning in the Japanese market to where some stocks are definite shorts and others are definite longs whereas everything was pretty much long in the past.” 

While its initial focus will be on Japan, Hutchins said the strategy is scalable across geographies (Europe, United Sates and Middle East) and asset classes (gold, currencies and oil).

The strategy charges fees of 1.5/20 with a US$100,000 minimum investment requirement.

Hutchings previously served as a proprietary trader for Nikko Europe. Sleem Hasan, who previously headed the equity and equity derivatives team at Nikko, is the firm’s founder.

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