Japan specialist launches Asia hedge fund

Sydney-based Optimal Fund Management will offer now an Asia ex-Japan long/short fund along with its Japan offering.

Sydney-based Japan investment manager Optimal Fund Management last week launched its Asia ex-Japan longshort fund, the group's first non-Japan product. The fund, which currently has $4 million under management, will cover the Asian region from India to Australia.

Optimal managing director Warwick Johnson says the fund will take a purely bottom-up approach, unconstrained by sector weights or country overlays. Morgan Stanley and UBS are the prime brokers to the new fund.

We started doing research about three years ago at how developments around the world were affecting Asia and have now decided to launch a fund to cover the Asia ex-Japan region,- says Johnson.

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