Preqin’s latest Hedge Fund Spotlight reveals that hedge funds focusing on the Asia Pacific region posted significant returns in January and February 2013 of 3.97 per cent and 2.18 per cent in each month respectively.
This is in comparison to North American and European hedge funds, which posted only 0.61 per cent and 1.24 per cent in February respectively.
Asia Pacific hedge funds outperformed other regions over the last 12 months, returning 10.71 per cent compared to 9.37 per cent for North America-focused hedge funds and 6.88 per cent for Europe-focused hedge funds.
Performance for hedge funds across all strategies and regions declined from 2.47 per cent in January to 0.39 per cent in February.
Emerging markets-focused funds posted negative returns in February of -0.08 per cent.
Funds of hedge funds across all strategies and regions posted only 0.05 per cent in February, after a strong January with returns of 2.10 per cent.
Other findings in this month’s Preqin Hedge Fund Spotlight demonstrate that 79 per cent of investors believe that hedge fund performance in 2013 will beat that of 2012.
“Preqin’s February benchmarks indicate that it was a relatively flat month for most hedge funds. However, hedge funds targeting Asia-Pacific markets continued with their strong start to the year as Japanese stocks maintained an upward trajectory,” says Joe Childs, manager, hedge fund performance, Preqin.