# When speed is of the essence: working the short sell in Asia

According to a recent report from Lipper, inflows into short selling hedge funds hit record levels during the first quarter of 2007, reaching $215m. This means that short-biased hedge funds now manage$3.1bn in assets.

Despite increasing investor interest in the strategy, however, there is currently little understanding of how it works.

The shorting of a multi-asset book is a complicated business, and there are elements of the process that are key to ensuring success. The ability to move