Asia-Pacific Funds Post Best Returns

Mar 27 2013 | 10:36am ET

Asia-Pacific hedge funds were the top performers over the past 12 months, according to the latest data from Preqin.

Asia-Pacific funds returned 10.71% over the monitored period, compared to 9.37% for North America-focused funds and 6.88% for Europe-focused funds.

The overall picture for hedge funds as painted in this month's Preqin Hedge Fund Spotlight, was less rosy: gains for funds across all strategies and regions were down from 2.47% in January to 0.39% in February. That said, the only losing strategies in February were macro funds, down 0.19%, and emerging markets, down 0.08%.

Year-to-date, all strategies and regions covered by Preqin were in the black. Asia-Pacific funds were up 6.23%; European funds up 3.32% and North American funds up 3.22%. Long/short equity funds were the best-performing strategy YTD, up 3.86%; followed by multi-strategy funds, up 3.00%; and event-driven, up 2.72%.

Funds of funds gained 0.05% in February and are up 2.15% YTD.

Preqin's latest research also shows that 79% of investors believe that hedge fund performance in 2013 will beat that of 2012.

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