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Hedge Fund Due Diligence: A Source of Alpha in a Hedge Fund Portfolio Strategy

21 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2008  

Stephen J. Brown

New York University - Stern School of Business

Thomas L. Fraser

Attorney in New York City

Bing Liang

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Finance

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Date Written: January 2008

Abstract

Due diligence is an important source of alpha in a well designed hedge fund portfoliostrategy. It is generally understood that the high returns possible in investing in hedgefunds are somewhat offset by the relative lack of transparency on operational issues. Theperformance of a diversified hedge fund portfolio can be enhanced by excluding thosefunds likely to do poorly or fail due to operational risk concerns. However, effectivedue diligence is an expensive concern. This implies that there is a strong competitiveadvantage to those funds of funds sufficiently large to absorb this fixed and necessary cost. The consequent economies of scale that we document in funds of funds are quite substantial and support the proposition that due diligence is a source of alpha in hedge fund investment.

Keywords: Hedge funds, operational risk, due diligence, alpha

Suggested Citation

Brown, Stephen J. and Fraser, Thomas L. and Liang, Bing, Hedge Fund Due Diligence: A Source of Alpha in a Hedge Fund Portfolio Strategy (January 2008). NYU Working Paper No. FIN-07-032. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1300779

Stephen J. Brown

New York University - Stern School of Business ( email )

Stern School of Business
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Thomas L. Fraser

Attorney in New York City ( email )

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New York, NY 10024
United States
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Bing Liang

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Finance ( email )

Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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