Relative Value Hedge Funds: A Behavioral Modeling of Hedge Fund Risk and Return Factors

Journal of Behavioral Finance, DOI: 10.1080/15427560.2018.1434654

Posted: 17 Apr 2018

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Lee Mick Swartz

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

Farrokh Emami-Langroodi

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance

Date Written: March 22, 2018

Abstract

This study has 4 contributions to the literature. First, the authors analyze the risk characteristics for 11 Relative Value hedge fund strategies. Second, the authors introduce 3 families of behavioral factors, the D family, the L family, and the R family. In contrast to previous hedge fund studies, these new factors assume investors use historical and behavioral data such as average drawdown, run up, and liquidity from each hedge fund category to assess the risk. Third, additional macroeconomic variables, such as the CRB, Copper, and Oil are found to be statistically significant in some strategies. This economic and historical information, when included with asset pricing models, is more powerful in explaining hedge fund returns than previous models. Fourth, unlike the previous literature, these generated models are corrected for time-series assumptions violations and heteroskedasticity. To more fully understand the timing of risks and returns associated with investing in relative value hedge funds, pension funds, and other investors should incorporate more economic factors and behavioral factors.

Keywords: Relative Value, Hedge Fund, Factor Models, Risk Factors, Macroeconomic Indicators

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G17, G23, C51, C58

Suggested Citation

Swartz, Lee Mick and Emami-Langroodi, Farrokh, Relative Value Hedge Funds: A Behavioral Modeling of Hedge Fund Risk and Return Factors (March 22, 2018). Journal of Behavioral Finance, DOI: 10.1080/15427560.2018.1434654, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3153203

Lee Mick Swartz (Contact Author)

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Farrokh Emami-Langroodi

Goethe University Frankfurt - House of Finance ( email )

House of Finance
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Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60323
Germany

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