A Longer Look at the Asymmetric Dependence between Hedge Funds and the Equity Market
43 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2008 Last revised: 3 Nov 2012
Date Written: September 25, 2009
This paper re-examines, at a range of investment horizons, the asymmetric dependence between hedge fund returns and market returns. Given the current availability of hedge fund data, the joint distribution of longer-horizon returns is extracted from the dynamics of monthly returns using the filtered historical simulation; we then apply the method based on copula theory to uncover the dependence structure therein. While the direction of asymmetry remains unchanged, the magnitude of asymmetry is attenuated considerably as the investment horizon increases. Similar horizon effects also occur on the tail dependence. Our findings suggest that nonlinearity in hedge fund exposure to market risk is more short-term in nature, and that hedge funds provide higher benefits of diversification, the longer the horizon.
Keywords: Hedge Funds, Investment Horizon Effect, Nonlinear Dependence, Tail Dependence, Copulas, Filtered Historical Simulation
JEL Classification: G23, G11, C13, C14, C15, C16
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