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Hedge funds: performance, risk and capital formation

Subject

Finance

Publishing details

BNP Paribas Hedge Fund Centre Working Paper Series

Authors / Editors

Fung W; Naik N Y; et al.

Biographies

Publication Year

2006

Abstract

We use a comprehensive dataset of Funds-of-Funds (FoFs) to investigate performance, risk and capital formation in the hedge fund industry over the past ten years. We confirm the finding of high systematic risk exposures in FoF returns. We divide up the past ten years into three distinct sub-periods and demonstrate that the average FoF has only delivered alpha in the short second period from October 1998 to March 2000. In the cross-section of FoFs, however, we are able to identify FoFs capable of delivering persistent alpha. We find that these more successful hedge funds experience far greater (and steadier) capital inflows than their less fortunate counterparts. Berk and Green's 2004 rational model of active portfolio management implies that diminishing returns to scale combined with the inflow of new capital leads to the erosion of superior performance over time. In keeping with this implication, we provide evidence that even successful hedge funds have experienced a recent, dramatic decline in risk-adjusted performance.

Publication Notes

This paper has been revised and replaced by HF-025

Publication Research Centre

Hedge Fund Centre

Series Number

HF-018

Series

BNP Paribas Hedge Fund Centre Working Paper Series