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Caught by the Tail: Tail Risk Neutrality and Hedge Fund Returns

40 Pages Posted: 27 May 2011  

Stephen J. Brown

New York University - Stern School of Business

Jonathan F. Spitzer

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Date Written: May 19, 2006

Abstract

We propose a simple and yet robust measure of tail neutrality. By this measure, hedge funds are more sensitive to market risk when the market experiences a substantial decline. This is also true when we consider a number of distinct hedge fund styles. This source of risk is not diversifiable, and for this reason funds-of-funds as portfolios of hedge funds concentrate tail risk exposure rather than mitigate this effect.

Keywords: Hedge funds, Tail Risk, Funds of Funds

Suggested Citation

Brown, Stephen J. and Spitzer, Jonathan F., Caught by the Tail: Tail Risk Neutrality and Hedge Fund Returns (May 19, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1852526 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1852526

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Jonathan F. Spitzer

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