Asian hedge funds are top performers

Hedge maze2The rapid rise in China's equity market has rewarded Asia-focused hedge funds, which are some of the world's best performing hedge funds so far this year.

Pan-Asian hedge funds are up about 30% so far in 2015, according to research by Lyxor Asset Management, with some funds increasing more than 10% in the last week alone.

"Both the A-shares and the H-shares have skyrocketed, fuelled by expectations that China may ease further monetary policy," says Philippe Ferreira, head of research at the Paris-based firm's managed account platform.

"In this environment, Asian long/short equity managers, in particular long-biased ones, have continued their meteoric rise."

European long/short equity managers have been less successful, says the research, in part because the European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme is lifting all stocks, making their short positions costly.

Ferreira notes fears about Asian equity markets overheating as margin lending increases and retail investors pile into the market.

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