AsianInvestor 2003 Achievement Awards: Day Four

Best hedge funds, fund administrator, prime brokerage, agent securities lender; and the Communication Awards.

Hedge funds

Japan longshort strategy

Blue Sky Japan

The sole manager of this fund, Sydney-based Michael Hill, has shown great skill in reading the movements of the volatile Japanese equity market and this is reflected in the 16.17% return in 2002. The $37 million fund was launched in May 2000 and has Hill as the largest investor. The fund can go from net long to net short very quickly by running a fairly liquid book, an ideal trait when investing in Japan. During the 1990s Hill managed proprietary money at IBJ, now Mizuho Financial, and Merrill Lynch. The Irish Stock Exchange-listed fund runs strict stop losses on...

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