Do Hedge Funds Outperform Stocks and Bonds?
44 Pages Posted: 10 May 2012 Last revised: 20 Dec 2012
Date Written: September 20, 2012
Hedge funds' extensive use of derivatives, short-selling, and leverage and their dynamic trading strategies create significant non-normalities in their return distributions. Hence, the traditional performance measures fail to provide an accurate characterization of the relative strength of hedge fund portfolios. This paper uses the utility-based nonparametric approach of Levy and Leshno (2002) and the utility-based parametric measure of Goetzmann, Ingersoll, Spiegel, and Welch (2007) to determine which hedge fund strategies outperform the U.S. equity and/or bond markets. The results from the realized and simulated return distributions indicate that the Long/Short Equity Hedge and Emerging Markets hedge fund strategies outperform the U.S. equity market, and the Long/Short Equity Hedge, Multi-strategy, Managed Futures, and Global Macro hedge fund strategies dominate the U.S. Treasury market.
Keywords: Hedge Funds, Stocks, Bonds, Almost Stochastic Dominance, and MPPM
JEL Classification: G10, G11, G12
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