Hedge Funds Rock & The Australian Hedge Fund Awards are delighted to announce the category finalists for the Australian Hedge Fund Awards for 2015.

Once again the performance of the hedge fund industry in Australia has been comprehensively reviewed to identify the outstanding funds over 2014/15. The winners will be announced at The Hedge Funds Rock Australian Hedge Funds Awards function on 17 September 2015.

“Hedge Funds Rock and the Australian Hedge Fund Awards, now in their 14th year have traditionally combined a music themed fun night with a commemorative segment to recognise the best hedge fund talent in Australia. All combined within an objective to raise money for a chosen charity. This year we are delighted to work with RedKite,” said Kim Ivey, co-founder and president of Hedge Funds Rock.

“The Australian Hedge Funds Awards have a robust 12 year history of recognising talent within the growing domestic hedge fund industry,” he said.

“The past year has thrown plenty of challenges at the Australian hedge fund industry from market volatility to increasing competition and, as we see so often, the industry has responded well,” says Mathew Jeremy, committee member of Hedge Funds Rock.

“This reflects the skills and experience of the many seasoned investment professionals and the dynamic way in which the industry is developing. The growing pool of Australian savings continues to attract new participants from offshore, which complements local innovation to provide a richer pool of opportunities for local investors,” he said.

”In view of this, it is not surprising that a wide range of investors is increasingly drawn to use absolute return funds in their portfolios,” said Jeremy.
“We look forward to announcing the awards next month at this robust industry celebration,” said Ivey.

Category finalists are:

Australian Hedge Fund of the Year.
(Winner to be announced on awards night)

Best Emerging Manager.
Freehold Absolute Return Fund
Qato Capital Market Neutral Long/Short Fund

Best Fixed Income and Credit Fund.
EQT Spectrum Credit Opportunities Fund
Laminar Credit Opportunities Fund
CQS Directional Opportunities Fund

Best Global Macro / Futures Fund.
Investment Science – SRA Alliance Fund (16 Unit Class)
AQR Wholesale Managed Futures – Class 1P
Aspect Diversified Futures Fund – Class A

Best Long Short Equity Fund.
Tribeca Alpha Plus – Insto Class
Acadian Wholesale Global Equity Long Short Fund
K2 Asian Absolute Return Fund

Best Market Neutral Fund.
Macquarie Asian Alpha Fund
Perpetual Pure Equity Alpha Fund
Ellerston Australian Market Neutral Fund

Best Multi Strategy Fund.
Ibbotson Alpha Strategies Trust
Investment Science – SRA Alliance Fund (9 Unit Class)
AMP Super Easy Alternatives Fund

Best Offshore Operating in Australia.
Man Investments
Legg Mason

Hedge Funds Rock will also present an award to individuals in the below categories.

The finalists for these awards will be announced on the evening of the Australian Hedge Funds Awards.

Best Investor Supporting Australian Managers
A cross section of the Australian Hedge Fund industry were invited to vote on the best institutional investor supporting local hedge funds.

Contribution to the Australian Hedge Fund Industry.

A cross section of the Australian Hedge Fund industry were invited to vote. The person with the highest vote is deemed the winner. In the event of a tie the judging panel will cast the deciding vote.

The category finalists were selected upon by a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors agreed by the following panel of judges, which include:

Angela Ashton – Independent Consultant
Simon Ibbetson – 358 Australia Pty Limited
Kim Ivey – Vertex Capital Management
Mathew Jeremy – Caravel Consulting
Daniel Liptak – ZG Advisors
David Sokulsky – UBS Wealth Management


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