Asia hedge funds may lose 50% of business in 2009

The hedge fund business in Asia is set to shrink by 33%-50% in managed assets during the coming year as fund managers face redemptions and struggle to put on successful trading strategies that do not require significant amounts of leverage.

This gloomy view was expressed by hedge fund industry participants in a panel debate on the future of the hedge fund industry at the recent Asia Risk 2008 conference in Hong Kong. Asia Risk is Credit magazine's sister publication. "One-third to one-half of the

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