Hedge Funds and Financial Intermediaries
77 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2019
Date Written: June 10, 2019
Hedge funds and financial intermediaries are connected through their prime brokerage relationship. We find that systematic financial intermediary risk, as measured by the covariation between the fund return and the return of a portfolio of key prime brokers, captures cross-sectional differences in hedge fund returns. Once we control for the systematic risk, we find little evidence that idiosyncratic financial intermediary risk matters. We evaluate if large adverse shocks to individual prime brokers propagate to their hedge fund clients and find a significant impact only in the case of the Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy. However, that impact was mitigated for funds with multiple prime brokers, suggesting that even extreme prime broker shocks are diversifiable.
Keywords: hedge funds, networks, prime brokers, systematic risk
JEL Classification: G12, G23, G24
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