Wealth & Finance August 2017

Wealth & Finance International 22 Specialising in Managing Japanese Equity Long/ Short Strategies stablished in April 2005, Stats specialises in managing Japanese Equity Long/Short strategies. The firm’s flagship investment offering is the Ginga Ser- vice Sector (GSS) Fund, which is a Cayman unit trust established in June2006. The strategy itself largely concentrates on the IT and Service sectors as sources of alpha. In addition, it also focuses on medium and small size stocks which are not widely covered by analysts, so that orig- inal research by Stats can generate alpha unexploited by the market. Shojo Sekimura discusses the fund’s investment strategy in more detail. “Here at Stats, our investment philosophy believes that companies that are not widely covered by analysts provide greater opportunities for gen- erating alpha through proprietary research, and therefore opportunities to exploit inefficiencies in stock pricing are greater when market liquidity is high. Additionally, concentrating on sectors and companies with experience and knowledge is essential in understanding the businesses and products of invested companies. These sectors are among the few that are dynamic enough to change its business and pursue growth opportunities. “Alongside this, we also believe that risk management skills are equally important to achieve superior returns. We limit our individual stock exposure to maximum 5% (under normal circumstances 3%).” Ultimately, Stats’ investment management is supported by members with long experience and deep insights. Investment team CIO Toru Hashizume and FM Yhu Kuni are both Stat’s founding members. Toru Hashizume started his career as a sell side analyst with one of the major research institute in Japan and specialized in the IT and Service sectors for more than 8 years. US educated Yhu Kuni has strong speciality in analyzing gaming and Service Industry. It is the vast experience of its members that sets the firm apart from its competitors and marks it out as the best option for clients, as Shojo Sekimura is proud to conclude. “Overall, the combination of our solid investment philosophy and expe- rienced staff has produced extremely good performance over the past 11years. With no single negative year, GSS Fund’s flagship Yen share class has recorded an annualized return of 13.26% with an annualized risk of 8.47%, with sharp ratio of 1.51 during the period of June 2006 to July 2017. This return itself, along with the longevity of our track record, makes Stats stand out above competition. This achievement was also highly recognized by various awards in 2016. Currently Stats manages near $252 million in assets under the GSS strategy, and its client base is spread across various regions and various investor types globally.” Contact: Shogo Sekimura Email: [email protected] Company: Stats Investment Management Address: 1-7-20 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan Telephone: +81-3-6658-4361 Web Address: www.stats.co.jp Stats Investment Management Co., Ltd. (Stats), is a hedge fund manager based in Japan. Recently, we caught up with Shogo Sekimura, CEO and Representative Director to learn more. E FD170013

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