On the Other Side of Hedge Fund Equity Trades
AFA 2021 Annual Meeting Paper
70 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2019 Last revised: 19 Sep 2022
Date Written: September 15, 2022
Hedge funds earn positive ex-post abnormal returns and avoid negative abnormal returns on their equity portfolios when trading in the opposite direction of highly-diversified low-turnover institutional investors (quasi-indexers). This pattern seems to be driven by the preferences of quasi-indexers for high-market-beta stocks together with the ability of hedge funds to identify subsets of especially profitable trades. It remains pronounced when accounting for other determinants of hedge fund trades, such as stock liquidity, market anomalies, and major corporate events. Trading against other institutional investors or non-institutions does not result in abnormal performance for hedge funds.
Keywords: Institutional Trading, Alpha, Market Beta, Market Anomalies, Quasi-Indexers, Hedge Funds
JEL Classification: G12, G14, G23
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