Spanning Tests for Assets with Option-Like Payoffs: The Case of Hedge Funds
55 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2015 Last revised: 17 Jun 2019
Date Written: April 30, 2019
We draw on the skewness literature to propose regression-based performance evaluation tests designed for investments with option-like returns. These tests deliver conclusions valid for all risk-averse mean-variance-skewness investors and can better account for non-linearities in returns than option-based factor models. Applied to mutual funds and hedge funds, our tests usually suggest selecting different funds than standard tests, and find that a significant fraction, 11%, of hedge funds add value to investors, whereas this is an insignificant 4% for mutual funds. We also analyze the economic significance of these option-like returns, and their out-of-sample persistence.
Keywords: hedge funds; mutual funds; writing options; performance evaluation; mean-variance-skewness spanning; prudence; portfolio choice
JEL Classification: G10; G11
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