Does Factor Timing Explain Hedge Fund Alpha?

Journal of Investment Management (JOIM), Second Quarter 2014

Posted: 16 Nov 2014

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Date Written: May 22, 2014

Abstract

This paper empirically decomposes hedge fund excess return into factor timing, security selection, and risk premium. Portfolio-level tests show that security selection explains most of the excess return generated by hedge funds during 1994-2009, and the contribution of factor timing is small. Fund-level tests find significant evidence of both positive and negative timing funds, but the excess return of positive timing funds is not significantly higher than that of the other funds. These findings imply that factor timing is not the main source of hedge fund alpha, and the results are robust to different factor models.

Keywords: Factor timing, security selection, hedge fund alpha, return decomposition

JEL Classification: G00

Suggested Citation

Park, Hyuna, Does Factor Timing Explain Hedge Fund Alpha? (May 22, 2014). Journal of Investment Management (JOIM), Second Quarter 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2440979

Hyuna Park (Contact Author)

Brooklyn College - CUNY ( email )

2900 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY NY 11210
United States

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