47 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2010 Last revised: 26 Apr 2016
Date Written: May 16, 2013
We provide evidence on the valuation of equity positions by hedge funds. Reported valuations deviate from standard valuations based on closing prices from CRSP for roughly seven percent of the positions. These equity valuation deviations are positively related to illiquidity and price volatility of the underlying stocks. They respond to past performance and intensify after an advisor starts reporting to a commercial database. Furthermore, advisors with more valuation deviations show a stronger discontinuity in their reported returns around zero, manage a higher fraction of potentially fraudulent funds, report smoother returns, and exhibit an upward spike in their December reported returns.
Keywords: Hedge Funds, Return Management, Valuation Deviations
JEL Classification: G23, G28
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Cici, Gjergji and Kempf, Alexander and Puetz, Alexander, The Valuation of Hedge Funds' Equity Positions (May 16, 2013). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Forthcoming; AFA 2012 Chicago Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1664461 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1664461