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Self-Styled Transparent Quant Fund Starts Operating in Japan

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Acadian Asset Management, the Boston-based quant fund that says it shares its investment secrets with clients, has set up in Japan as the nation starts to embrace smart-beta strategies.

The $70 billion Acadian has opened an office in Tokyo and got a license toward the end of last year to help Japanese investors build equity portfolios, Executive Vice President Ross A. Dowd said. By explaining to clients why its models buy and sell stocks, the fund can stand apart from peers that tend to obscure their investment methods with secrecy or complexity, according to Dowd. Acadian aims to triple assets managed for Japanese customers to $4 billion in five years, he said.