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Hedge funds retain popularity despite lackluster showing

Heightened volatility adds to appeal of their strategies

A fund tracker says that hedge fund managers focusing on the Asia Pacific were among the worst performers as Asian stock markets and currencies fell sharply.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE (Nikkei Markets) - The hedge fund industry had a brutal 2018, with many funds succumbing to both performance-based losses and investor outflows. However, its fortunes could turn in Asia where investment strategies that offer absolute returns like these funds remain popular with asset managers as well as the private banks that advise the region's wealthiest families.

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