Hedge Fund Stock Trading in the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009
Charles A. Dice Center Working Paper No. 2010-2
83 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2010 Last revised: 14 Sep 2011
Date Written: September 14, 2011
Hedge funds significantly reduced their equity holdings during the recent financial crisis. In 2008Q3-Q4, hedge funds sold about 29% of their aggregate portfolio. Redemptions and margin calls were the primary drivers of selloffs. Consistent with forced deleveraging, the selloffs took place in volatile and liquid stocks. In comparison, redemptions and stock sales for mutual funds were not as severe. We show that hedge fund investors withdraw capital three times as intensely as mutual fund investors do in response to poor returns. We relate this stronger sensitivity to losses to share liquidity restrictions and institutional ownership in hedge funds.
Keywords: Hedge funds, Liquidity, Aggregate Liquidity, Arbitrage, Funding Liquidity, Illiquidity, Liquidity Crisis, Crisis Stock Market Crash, Limits to Arbitrage, Liquidity Spirals, Short Selling, Short Sellers, 13-F, TASS, Uncertainty, Equity Market, Investment Strategy, Mutual Funds, Retail Investors
JEL Classification: G01, G12, G14, G23
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