50 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2010 Last revised: 1 Mar 2010
Date Written: January 7, 2010
In the last 20 years, the amount of assets managed by quantitative and qualitative hedge funds have grown dramatically. We examine the difference between quantitative and qualitative hedge funds in a variety of ways, including management differences and performance differences. We find that both quantitative and qualitative hedge funds have positive risk-adjusted returns. We also find that overall, quantitative hedge funds as a group have higher alphas than qualitative hedge funds. The outperformance might be as high as 72 bps per year when considering all risk factors. We also suggest that this additional performance may be due to better timing ability.
Keywords: quantitative portfolio management, alpha, hedge funds, returns
JEL Classification: G0, G10, G11, G23
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By Bing Liang