Hedge Fund Styles: 2005- 2011
Posted: 1 Oct 2011 Last revised: 19 Oct 2017
Date Written: November 1, 2011
In this paper we study hedge fund styles by examining both self-reported classification and a return-based classification on a sample of hedge funds over the period of 2005 to 2011. Using seven versions of the Lipper/TASS data, we are able to track self-reported classification on an annual basis. We show that style shifts exist in the database, suggesting that the assumption of static hedge fund style is inappropriate. The two classifications are not consistent with each other; we construct a disagreement measure that captures the resulted difference in relative performance. We argue that the disagreement is related to manager skills rather than strategic misclassification. Further, we demonstrate that investors react positively to the disagreement measure and money flows to top-performing funds based on self-reported styles.
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