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Key Trends in Asian Hedge Funds (January 2020)

The Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Index was up 7.41% year-to-date as of November 2019, supported by the robust performance of risk assets in the region resulting from the progress of the US-China trade talks. The underlying equity market, as represented by the MSCI AC Asia Pacific IMI gained 15.19% over the same period. The trade negotiation process between the two countries has faced considerable challenges throughout the year, notably when the PBOC allowed the yuan to weaken past the symbolic level of seven. The US Treasury department responded by labelling China as a currency manipulator, further escalating the tension between the two economies. However, market sentiment improved when the trade talks resumed in October, and finally concluded in a phase-one deal which was eventually signed in January 2020, shortly after the removal of China from the US Treasury list of currency manipulators. The positive geopolitical development surrounding the trade war boosted market sentiment and a

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