The Performance of Passively-Managed Hedged ETFs

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Jason M. K. Cheng

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Joseph K. W. Fung

Hong Kong Baptist University

FY Eric Lam

Hong Kong Monetary Authority - Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research (HKIMR)

Date Written: December 17, 2019

Abstract

This study provides early evidence on the performance of passively-managed hedged exchange-traded funds (HETFs) introduced rather recently in late 2006. The data covers surviving HETFs in 2017 under global macro and long-short classifications. Using Fung and Hsieh’s (2004) 7-factor model and Edelman, Fung and Hsieh’s (2012) revised 8-factor framework, the study finds significant negative alphas for the HETFs despite the survivorship bias. The study extends the literature on mutual fund performance and provides incremental evidence on the differential performance between global macro and long-short HETFs. The poor performance of the HETFs overall can be attributed to their high expense ratio and tracking error.

Keywords: Expense Ratio; Fund Performance; Hedged Exchange-traded Funds; Tracking Error

JEL Classification: G12; G14; G23

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Jason M. K. and Fung, Joseph K. W. and Lam, Full Yet Eric Campbell, The Performance of Passively-Managed Hedged ETFs (December 17, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3505061 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3505061

Jason M. K. Cheng

Hong Kong Polytechnic University ( email )

11 Yuk Choi Rd
Hung Hom
Hong Kong

Joseph K. W. Fung (Contact Author)

Hong Kong Baptist University ( email )

Department of Economics
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Full Yet Eric Campbell Lam

Hong Kong Monetary Authority - Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research (HKIMR) ( email )

55/F, Two International Finance Centre,
8 Finance Street, Central
Hong Kong
China

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