Hedge Fund Performance: End of an Era?
63 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2017 Last revised: 19 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 18, 2020
This paper studies hedge fund performance and confirms reports of an aggregate decline over the past decade. We test whether a comprehensive set of prediction models can select subsets of individual funds that buck the trend and subsequently outperform. Seven of the predictors reliably pick funds that lower the volatility and raise the Sharpe ratio of a multi-asset class portfolio relative to a stock/bond portfolio over the full 1997 – 2016 sample. Hedge fund allocations reduce volatility across two sub-periods, but fail to improve the Sharpe ratio from 2008 onwards. Potential explanations for the erosion of hedge fund performance are explored.
Keywords: hedge fund performance
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, C31
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