A View of, and From, Singapore: Part One
|Aug 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Timely Research, Today's Post | By: cfaille||
We spoke recently with Peter Douglas, the founder and principal of Singapore-based investment consultant GFIA, about nature and nurture in Singapore, about the best place whence to manage one’s investments in Asia, and on kindred questions. The inquiry soon delved into the international comparison of regulatory regimes, and we will pursue that part of the conversation in a later piece.
Today, we will intersperse a transcript of the first part of our interview with pertinent quotations from a recent GFIA publication, its March 2012 “Asian Hedge Funds Note,” that also bear on Singapore and the broader region of which it is a part.
Quotes from the March Research Note, then, are in bold below, Douglas’ words in italics, and our questions in roman.
Research Note: In recent years up to 2011, the relevance of London or New York as Asian hedge fund centres has receded although last year we saw a definite spike in the numbers of Asian hedge funds run outside the region, possibly due to the larger global asset-gathering firms launching Asian product, or initiating greater coverage….
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Christopher Faille is a Jamesian pragmatist. William James has taught him, for example, that "you can say of a line that it runs east, or you can say that it runs west, and the line per se accepts both descriptions without rebelling at the inconsistency."