Heading for a Big Bang?

When London-based Atlantis Investment Management launched a fund in medium-sized Chinese companies last March, the fund's size was a modest $15 million. Eleven months later, the stocks in its portfolio have doubled and the inflow of new money from eager investors has swelled its value to $116 million. "Europeans want to get exposure to what's happen-ing in China," says James Alexander, Atlantis' head of marketing. While the big jump in prices has made some investors wary, he says "there's still plenty of demand."

That may be the understatement of the year. Chinese stocks, particularly initial public...

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