Capacity Constraints and Hedge Fund Strategy Returns
Narayan Y. Naik
London Business School - Institute of Finance and Accounting
University of Oxford - Said Business School; University of Oxford - Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Oxford - Said Business School
Brummer & Partners
European Financial Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 239-256, March 2007
Hedge funds have generated significant absolute returns (alpha) in the decade between 1995 and 2004. However, the level of alpha has declined substantially over this period. We investigate whether capacity constraints at the level of hedge fund strategies have been responsible for this decline. For four out of eight hedge fund strategies, capital inflows have statistically preceded negative movements in alpha, consistent with this hypothesis. We also find evidence that hedge fund fees have increased over the same period. Our results provide support for the Berk and Green (2004) rational model of active portfolio management.
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Date posted: March 4, 2007
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