Japan's Epic Launches Asia Fund

Aug 17 2012 | 12:51pm ET

Tokyo-based Epic Partners Investments is taking its pairs-trading strategy offshore.

The firm in June launched the Epic Asia-Pacific Fund, Asian Investor reports. The new fund has about ¥2.1 billion (US$26 million) in assets and employs Epic's strategy, which it previously used exclusively for Japanese stocks, to a broader universe of regional names.

Epic Asia-Pacific is based on a managed account that the firm ran prior to the new fund's June 1 debut. In its first two months, the strategy is down 2.8%.

Bank of America serves as the new fund's prime broker and Daiwa Europe as administrator.

Epic Partners has about US$900 million in total assets.

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