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Penjing Asset Says It May Not Get Performance Fees Until 2010

Bloomberg – Penjing Asset Management, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund of funds manager overseeing about $520 million, said it may not get any performance fees until next year, and declining income will restrict staff bonuses.

The company, which ran the fourth-best-performing Asia- Pacific fund of hedge funds last year, plans to keep all its 22 staff as layoffs by rivals make it cheaper to retain talent, said Chief Investment Officer Ronnie Wu.

“Realistically, 2009 we are just trying to climb the high- water mark,” Wu, 40, said in an interview yesterday, referring to a fund’s peak net asset value. “If we’re lucky, maybe we will get some incentive fees in 2010. It will be tough. The senior guys will take a pay cut. But if we can keep everybody intact, I think the future will get better again.”

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