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The Performance Persistence of Equity Long/Short Hedge Funds

26 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2008 Last revised: 15 Jun 2013

Samuel Manser

Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance

Markus Schmid

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance; University of St. Gallen - School of Finance

Date Written: October 31, 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the persistence of raw and risk-adjusted returns for equity long/short hedge funds using the portfolio approach of Hendricks, Patel, and Zeckhauser (1993). Only limited evidence of persistence is found for raw returns. Funds with the highest raw returns last year continue to outperform over the subsequent year, although not significantly, while there is no persistence in returns beyond one year. In contrast, we find performance persistence based on risk-adjusted return measures such as the Sharpe Ratio and in particular an alpha from a multifactor model. Funds with the highest risk-adjusted performance continue to significantly outperform in the following year. The persistence does not last longer than one year except for the worst performers. Funds with significant risk-adjusted returns show less exposure to the market, have high raw returns, and low volatility. These results are robust to adjustments for stale prices and subperiod analysis.

Keywords: Performance persistence, Hedge funds, Equity long/short, Multifactor models

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Manser, Samuel and Schmid, Markus, The Performance Persistence of Equity Long/Short Hedge Funds (October 31, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1168799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1168799

Samuel Manser

Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance ( email )

Rosenbergstrasse 52
CH-9000 St. Gallen
Switzerland

Markus Schmid (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance ( email )

Rosenbergstrasse 52
St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland

University of St. Gallen - School of Finance ( email )

Unterer Graben 21
St.Gallen, CH-9000
Switzerland

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