Limited Attention, Marital Events, and Hedge Funds
University of Central Florida
University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration
Singapore Management University - Lee Kong Chian School of Business
March 14, 2016
Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Forthcoming
We explore the impact of limited attention by analyzing the performance of hedge fund managers who are distracted by marital events. We find that marriages and divorces are associated with significantly lower fund alpha, during the six–month period surrounding and the two-year period after the event. Busy managers who manage multiple funds and who are not part of a team are more affected by marital transitions. Inattentive managers place fewer active bets relative to their style peers, load more on index stocks, exhibit higher R–squareds with respect to systematic factors, and are more prone to the disposition effect.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 49
Keywords: Hedge Funds, Limited Attention, Behavioral Finance, Disposition Effect, Marriage, Divorce
JEL Classification: G12; G23; G14
Date posted: February 18, 2015 ; Last revised: March 20, 2016
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