Size does matter

Asian equity boutique managers are hot. Jame DiBiasio asks if their performance can keep up.

Asia-based boutique fund management houses are experiencing rapid growth, which presents opportunities but also risks for their bread-and-butter clients, the high net worth investor.

The re-rating of Asian equities by global institutional investors is creating a boom in the boutique world. Established specialists such as Singapore's APS Management have seen their assets under management double, while a host of younger boutiques are attracting assets from global pension funds and other investors. It is a trend that began last year and looks set to continue for two, perhaps even three more.

For individual clients, having a fund manager add scale can be beneficial to a point. Scale lets...

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