Hedge Fund Regulation and Misreported Returns

European Financial Management, Forthcoming

33 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2010 Last revised: 4 Sep 2010

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Douglas J. Cumming

Florida Atlantic University

Na Dai

SUNY at Albany - School of Business

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Date Written: July 27, 2010


This paper introduces a cross-country law and finance analysis of the misreporting behavior in the hedge fund industry in terms of smoothing returns so that a fund consistently generates positive returns. We find strong evidence that international differences in hedge fund regulation are significantly associated with the propensity of fund managers to misreport monthly returns. We find a positive association between wrappers and misreporting, particularly for funds that do not have a lockup provision. Also, we find some evidence that misreporting is less common among funds in jurisdictions with minimum capitalization requirements and restrictions on the location of key service providers. We assess the robustness of our finds to a number of specifications, including, different specifications of misreporting bin widths, subsets of the data by fund type, as well as specifications controlling for collinearity and selection effects and other robustness checks. We show misreporting significantly affects capital allocation, and calculate the wealth transfer effects of misreporting and relate this wealth transfer to differences in hedge fund regulation.

Keywords: Hedge Funds, Regulation, Misreported Returns, Law and Finance

JEL Classification: G23, G24, G28, K22, M43

Suggested Citation

Cumming, Douglas J. and Dai, Na, Hedge Fund Regulation and Misreported Returns (July 27, 2010). European Financial Management, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1649668

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Na Dai

SUNY at Albany - School of Business ( email )

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Albany, NY 12222
United States

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