Strategic Hedge Fund Portfolio Construction that Incorporates Higher Moments

43 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2008

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Dieter G. Kaiser

Robus Capital Management Limited; Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

Denis Schweizer

Concordia University

Date Written: January 4, 2008


In this paper we optimize a hedge fund portfolio considering higher moments of the different hedge fund strategy return distributions. We replace the empirical return distributions which are often skewed or exhibit excess-kurtosis with two normal distributions to approximate a best-fit distribution. This procedure is known as the mixture of normal method and is widely used in financial applications. We then use the estimated return distributions in the strategy optimization. Further we incorporate that institutional investors and in particular fund of hedge fund managers seek an optimal allocation of resources and therefore only execute a limited number of due diligence processes. Furthermore real investor's preferences are con-sidered in optimization procedure. In order to test our results for stability we use robustness tests which allow for the time-varying correlation structures of the strategies.

Keywords: Asset Allocation, Hedge Fund, Higher Moments

JEL Classification: G2, G12, G31

Suggested Citation

Kaiser, Dieter G. and Schweizer, Denis, Strategic Hedge Fund Portfolio Construction that Incorporates Higher Moments (January 4, 2008). Available at SSRN: or

Dieter G. Kaiser (Contact Author)

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Denis Schweizer

Concordia University ( email )

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