Martin Currie Investment Management Ltd., an Edinburgh-based fund manager, posted a loss last year for the first time since it was founded in 1881 after clients withdrew money amid misconduct at a China fund.
Chris Ruffle, who co-managed the best emerging market hedge fund last year according to Hedge Funds Review, plans a new China offering after he parted company with Martin Currie Ltd. today following an investigation into a conflict of interest.
The best Chinese stock values these days are in Taiwan, where dividend yields lead Asia’s 10 biggest markets and economic growth matches the mainland, said Chris Ruffle , manager of the island’s best-performing mutual funds.
Property stocks, China’s worst equity performers of 2010, are becoming more attractive after loan curbs drove valuations to a year-low and made it less likely for interest rates to rise, Martin Currie said.
Chinese property stocks, the nation’s worst performers this year, are becoming “more attractive” after government curbs on bank lending drove valuations to a year-low and made interest rate increases less likely, Martin Currie said.
Martin Currie Ltd. and AMP Capital Investors said stock-index futures will let them hedge in China and more effectively compete with local fund managers as the nation prepares to open the market to foreign institutions.
China’s stocks are a buying opportunity as the government is unlikely to step up measures to slow the world’s third-biggest economy at a time the European crisis is deepening, according to Morgan Stanley.