Blue Sea, on the other hand, is a multi-strategy fund of hedge funds comprising 25 underlying hedge funds that cover a range of strategies including, long-short equities, fixed-income arbitrage, convertible bond arbitrage, distressed debt and macro strategies. Currently, Blue Sea has $150 million in assets under management, although Chalmers added that the fund would grow to $180 million by the end of the month. It is initially targeted to close at $1 billion.
Depending on the demand for capital protected hedge fund products, Schroders may also offer a capital guaranteed version of Blue Sea, said Chalmers. He added, however, that such capital protected products come at a price. "Ultimately, protection comes at a cost, so you have to give up some of the upside. That's really a decision that we're happy to leave to investors tomake."
Schroders is currently in the process of receiving approval from Hong Kong's regulatory body, the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to launch the products. So far, three retail hedge funds have received approval from the SFC - two from JF Funds and one from HSBC.