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27 Jul 2009

Uzbeki/Khazakh Hedge Fund Market's Decline Slowing

Uzbekistan hedge fund manager, Ansher Fund Management, has reported that their flagship hedge fund, Ansher Regional Property Fund, (ARPF) has maintained its performance moderately stable at –0.37% during April-June 2009 despite the still lagging property markets around the globe.

"Property markets in the region, especially Kazakhstan residential segment, continued slowing in the quarter owing to still limited or expensive mortgage facilities for buyers," Khurshid Kholov, hedge fund manager and CIO said. "However, the decline rate in the region has been slower during the 2nd quarter as compared with previous quarters, showing signs of market recovery. Thanks to active portfolio management ARPF is still up by 0.80% since inception, thus comfortably outperforming all three benchmarks."

Despite the fact that the economy of Kazakhstan has been under pressure amid the global financial turmoil, a slight signs of economic recovery has been observed in the country, the fund manager said. It’s expected that the GDP of this oil rich country will not post negative growth for the year 2009, owing to currently recovering oil and commodity prices in the world markets.

This is the result of the antirecessionary measures the Government undertook in which $25 billion of funds were injected into the economy. About $4 billion out
of this amount was directed particularly into the real estate sector of the country.

ARPF has seen new investment opportunities in the hotel sector after the residential real estate market dropped out. "The hotel sector is immature and currently existing 4 five star hotels in Almaty operate with 90% occupancy rate," ARPF said.

A sharp deficit is expected to emerge with the Asian Winter Games which will take place in Almaty in 2011. Real estate sector of this energy house country still offers promising investment opportunities for property investors in the long term.

Swiss Hedge Fund & FoHFs Provider Expands To US

Swiss based hedge fund and FoHFs provider, Infonic AG, has expanded to the US by establishing a New York office. Infonic named IT specialist Nolan Phillips as Chief Operating Officer, and financial expert, Bridget Piraino, Head of Global Marketing & Sales.

“I’m delighted to welcome Nolan Phillips and Bridget Piraino to the executive team. Adding to the depth of our management team demonstrates Infonic’s commitment to becoming the trusted operational backbone of the institutional hedge fund investor industry,” said Tom Furrer, Infonic’s CEO. “With the establishment of a New York office we will expand our presence delivering innovative products and dedicated client services to asset managers and administrators of funds of hedge funds.”

Nolan has held executive and consulting positions at Coopers and Lybrand, Union Bank of Switzerland, Société Générale, Bankers Trust, IQ Financial Systems and Bank of Bermuda, Alternative Investments Program.

Piraino's career has included Aregon International, the UK financial data delivery system provider, and Goldman Sachs and Co’s Fixed Income Research group. She held senior technical management and financial services marketing positions with Sybase, TIBCO Financial Systems and SeeBeyond.

Headquartered in Switzerland with offices in Zurich and New York, Infonic AG is the provider of HedgeSphere, a product suite for operations of funds of hedge funds.