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Shout It Out Loud

Asia-related hedge fund industry news

 

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Donald Day

Donald Day

Donald Day has joined Bletchley Park Asset Management as CTO and Head of Algo Trading. Most recently, Day was Head of Operations at Qantex Capital Markets in Hong Kong. Earlier he was at Eurex, Segantii Capital Management, Deutsche Bank and Accenture.

Multi-family office Helvetic Investments in Singapore plans to launch the Cryptocurrency Balanced Large Cap Fund, a cryptocurrency and blockchain-focused fund.

Atsuo Ogaki

Atsuo Ogaki

Atsuo Ogaki and Damien Loh, both ex-JP Morgan, have set up a new hedge fund firm in Singapore called Ensemble Capital. The quant hedge fund, which will use artificial intelligence to trade currency options, is expected to start trading in January with around US$75m in AUM.

According to Eurekahedge, as of September 2017 YTD, Asian funds have recorded a growth in AUM of US$16.23 billion, with US$10.8 billion accounted for by performance-based gains while the remainder, roughly US$5.4 billion has come through net investor allocations. Asia ex-Japan managers are up 14.87% for the year, leading the table among strategic mandates with underlying Greater China and Indian managers up 22.16% and 19.36% year-to-date respectively. Japan focused funds are up 8.83% over the same period.

Rhicon in Singapore has launched a new Asia-focused macro strategy managed by Brian Quartarolo (ex-Caxton, Graham, Goldman Sachs).

Sadayuki Horie

Sadayuki Horie

Sadayuki Horie has departed Nomura after a very long career with the firm, where he most recently worked in pension fund management research roles at Nomura Research Institute. His new position is as governor and auditor of the Government Pension Investment Fund. He has earlier served as deputy chairman of the investment advisory committee at GPIF in 2014-16. He is also a vising professor at Osaka University of Economics Graduate School.

HFC Advisory Group has awarded the Hedge Funds Club scholarship for the Henley Executive Hedge Fund Program in Asia to Kameshwara Suppiah. “Since 2005, the Hedge Funds Club has been supporting the hedge fund industry in Asia by connecting hedge funds and investors. Henley Business School’s hedge fund program, taught by seasoned industry practitioners, helps to shape the future of the hedge fund industry.  We have the same goals and it is a pleasure for us to partner with Henley,” says HFC’s founder Stefan Nilsson. “We selected Kameshwara for the first Hedge Funds Club scholarship from a pool of very diverse and motivated people. We think he has the right mix of eagerness, motivation and competitiveness to do well on the course and in the hedge fund industry.” Kameshwara Suppiah, a graduate of the National University of Singapore, will join this month’s intake of the Henley course in Singapore. The course is currently being run in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore and will soon launch in New York and London.

Alvin Fan, OPIM

Alvin Fan, OPIM

OP Investment Management, the hedge fund incubation platform led by Alvin Fan in Hong Kong, has made a strategic investment in FundSeeder, an emerging financial software company located in the US. FundSeeder was founded by Jack Schwager (of “Markets Wizard” fame), Emanuel Balarie, and James Bibbings.

Katsuyuki Kuki, JP Morgan’s chairman of banking in Japan, has left the firm to join Blackstone as Japan chairman. Earlier in his career he has worked at Japan Development Bank, Shearson Lehman Hutton, UBS and Lehman Brothers.

Marcus Blomberg

Marcus Blomberg

Marcus Blomberg, a former trader at the now defunct OGI Global Macro Fund in Japan, has been appointed  Head of Strategic Allocation and Quantitative Analysis at The 4th Swedish National Pension Fund (AP4). He was most recently Deputy CIO at AMF and has also worked at Länsförsäkringar, Alfred Berg and ABN AMRO.