Asian Hedge Funds Record Best-Ever January

Feb 19 2013 | 12:55pm ET

Asian hedge funds reported their best-ever January returns in 2013, adding 4.15%, according to Eurekahedge.

Funds based in the region added 9.79% in 2012 and now manage US$127.8 billion. Japanese hedge funds delivered their best monthly return since December 2005 and their strongest January return on record—up 5.25%

January was a strong month for hedge funds generally, as they posted their strongest returns in 24 months, adding 2.32%.

Asian hedge funds saw 123 launches and 143 closures in 2012, bringing the current total down to 1,291.

CTA/managed futures funds gained 1.77% in January, more than they gained in all 2012.

According to Eurekahedge data, hedge fund industry assets under management grew by US$17.8 billion in January 2013, bringing the size of the industry to US$1.79 trillion. Hedge funds posted performance-based gains of US$13.9 billion as all strategies finished the month in the black. The industry also witnessed net positive asset flows of US$3.9 billion during the month.

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