The Short-Run Performance Persistence in Funds of Hedge Funds
In G. N. Gregoriou (Ed.), Reconsidering Funds of Hedge Funds: The Financial Crisis and Best Practices in UCITS, Tail Risk, Performance, and Due Diligence (pp. 289-301). Academic Press: Elsevier Inc., 2013
Posted: 15 Dec 2012 Last revised: 31 Jan 2013
Date Written: December 14, 2012
There is extensive empirical evidence that funds of hedge funds (FoHFs) quickly change their investment bets as a function of the changing market conditions. In this chapter, we first analyze the stability of risk exposure and performance of FoHFs during the period January 2005-June 2011. We then study the short-run persistence of performance in the FoHFs industry. Past performance is measured using the 1-year trailing return as well as risk-adjusted measures such as the Sharpe ratio and the fund’s alpha based on the Carhart (1997) or Fung and Hsieh (2004) factor models. Over the examined timeframe, we consistently find that using risk-adjusted return measures improves the risk-adjusted performance of the momentum investment strategy. This finding holds for the financial crisis period as well as the pre- and post-crisis periods.
Keywords: Financial crisis, Fund of funds, Persistence, Return, Risk, Selection, Stability, Time-variation
JEL Classification: C12, C21, C22
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