Investor Protection and Capital Fragility: Evidence from Hedge Funds Around the World
Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming
66 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2018 Last revised: 7 Feb 2020
Date Written: February 6, 2020
We find that capital flows to hedge funds in different countries are influenced by the strength and the enforcement of investor protection laws in these countries. Hedge funds that are located in weak investor protection countries exhibit a greater sensitivity of investor outflow to poor performance, relative to funds in countries with strong protection. Furthermore, weak investor protection is associated with fund managers engaging in greater returns management. Our findings suggest that in countries with weak investor protection, poor fund performance exposes investors to a greater risk of fraud and legal jeopardy, thus triggering a larger outflow of capital.
Keywords: Investor protection, hedge funds, flow-performance, fragility, operational risk
JEL Classification: G15, G23, D73
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