Hedge Funds Performance Ratios Adjusted to Market Liquidity Risk

11 Pages Posted: 31 Jan 2011

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Pierre Clauss

Société Générale; Université d'Évry - Centre D'Etudes des Politiques Economiques et de L'Emploi (EPEE)

Date Written: January 31, 2011

Abstract

Market liquidity is complex to measure empirically. This explains why there is no consensus about performance ratios adjusted to its risk. We summarize market liquidity by two major characteristics: a costly one because of the loss of illiquidity premium; and a profitable one when investors can withdraw when they want.

Then, in this paper, three new performance indicators are proposed to integrate, to a certain extent, market liquidity risk, especially for hedge funds investment: Liquidity-loss ratio will capture the cost characteristic whereas Liquidity-Sharpe ratio and Liquidity-profit ratio the profitable one. These new ratios try to be simple enough and also precise to help investors to choose between hedge funds strategies according to their liquidity profile: do they want to capture illiquidity risk premium? Do they want to be free to withdraw?

Keywords: Market Liquidity Risk, Hedge Funds, Sharpe Ratio, Information Ratio, Kalman Filter, Momentum

JEL Classification: C32, G11, G23

Suggested Citation

Clauss, Pierre, Hedge Funds Performance Ratios Adjusted to Market Liquidity Risk (January 31, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1752206 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1752206

Pierre Clauss (Contact Author)

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Université d'Évry - Centre D'Etudes des Politiques Economiques et de L'Emploi (EPEE) ( email )

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