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Japan’s First Short-Biased Hedge Fund Bets Exporters Will Fall

Bloomberg – Alphex Investments Co., the adviser to Japan’s first short-biased hedge fund, plans to sell exporters’ shares, wagering they’ll fall on a rising yen and weak global economy, boosting the fund that started in March.

“What we’re seeing right now is nothing more than a bear- market rally,” Ichiro Takamatsu, 44, chief executive officer of the Tokyo-based hedge fund advisory firm, said in an interview yesterday. “We’re going to see a really bad yen rally this year, and that will create an opportunity to profit on exporters.”

The firm started its ASB Opportunity Fund on March 3 with $25 million of seed funding from a New York fund-of-funds seeking to diversify its portfolio, said Takamatsu. The ASB fund, with a net short position at all times, is the first of its kind in Japan, he said.

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