Evaluating the Performance of Hedge Funds Using Two-Stage Peer Group Benchmarks
34 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2014
Date Written: April 16, 2014
This paper is the first to present a two-stage peer group benchmarking approach to evaluate the performance of hedge funds. We present different ways of orthogonalizing the peer group benchmarks and discuss their general properties. We then orthogonalize the relevant benchmarks against predetermined exogenous factors. For a broad dataset we show that this approach captures much more commonalities in hedge funds returns when compared to the standard methodology of using exogenous factors only. As a consequence, the empirical rankings of hedge funds on the basis of alphas change considerably. Therefore, the proposed two-stage peer group benchmark allows us to better determine which hedge fund managers outperformed the others in the past.
Keywords: Hedge Funds, Performance Measurement, Factor Models, Peer Group Benchmarks
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G15
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