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Japanese hedge funds climbed 26.77%

As Asian hedge funds outperformed peers.

According to the January 2014 Eurekahedge Report, Japanese hedge funds remained ahead of other regions, up 26.77% with pure Japan mandated funds recording net inflows of US$700 million since June 2013.

Meanwhile, Asian hedge funds outperformed their global peers and were up 15.86% in 2013, with fund managers recording net asset inflows of US$11 billion during the year – the highest level on record since 2007.

Hedge funds delivered their fourth consecutive month of positive returns as global markets ended the year on a positive note. The Eurekahedge Hedge Fund Index was up 0.98% during the month while the MSCI World Index gained 1.67% in December.

Global markets digested the news of the much awaited QE tapering as the Fed reiterated its resolve to keep interest rates low in order to sustain a continued recovery in the US economy.

While North American and European markets edged upwards on the news, emerging market fears over capital outflows resurfaced with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index declining 0.93% during the month. Asian markets were mixed during the month as tightening liquidity in mainland China coupled with a decline in the country’s PMI gauge dampened investor sentiment. 

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On back of a modest increase in US interest rates.
As Asian hedge funds outperformed peers.
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