Fund Selection, Style Allocation, and Active Management Abilities: Evidence from Funds of Hedge Funds’ Holdings
Financial Management, Forthcoming
65 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2017 Last revised: 25 Dec 2018
Date Written: December 18, 2018
This study examines whether funds of hedge funds (FOHFs) provide superior before-fee performance through managers’ fund selection, style allocation, and active management abilities. Using reported holdings of SEC-registered FOHFs, we find that FOHF managers have fund selection abilities, as hedge funds held by FOHFs outperform their style indices and over half of the individual hedge funds in the TASS database. We also find that FOHF managers add value through active management of FOHFs’ holdings, while evidence on their style allocation abilities is mixed. Our findings suggest that FOHFs generate superior before-fee performance and that FOHF managers’ skillset is broader than previously documented. Thus, our study helps explain why FOHFs continue to survive and suggests that FOHF fee structure reform merits consideration.
Keywords: Funds of Hedge Funds, Holdings, Fund Selection, Style Allocation, Active Management.
JEL Classification: G23
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