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Do Hedge Funds Have Enough Capital? A Value-at-Risk Approach

40 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2003  

Anurag Gupta

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Banking & Finance

Bing Liang

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Finance

Date Written: April 2004

Abstract

We examine the risk characteristics and capital adequacy of hedge funds through the Value-at-Risk approach. Using extensive data on nearly fifteen hundred hedge funds, we find that only 3.7% live and 10.9% dead funds are under-capitalized as of March 2003. Moreover, the under-capitalized funds are relatively small and constitute a tiny fraction of the total fund assets in our sample. Cross-sectionally, the variability in fund capitalization is related to size, investment style, age, and management fee. Hedge fund risk and capitalization also display significant time variation. Traditional risk measures like standard deviation or leverage ratios fail to detect these trends.

Notes: Previously titled "Do Hedge Funds Have Enough Capital? A Value-at-Risk Approach"

Keywords: Hedge funds, Value-at-Risk, Capital adequacy, Extreme value theory, Monte Carlo simulation.

JEL Classification: G23, G28, G29

Suggested Citation

Gupta, Anurag and Liang, Bing, Do Hedge Funds Have Enough Capital? A Value-at-Risk Approach (April 2004). EFA 2003 Annual Conference Paper No. 376. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=424370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.424370

Anurag Gupta (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Banking & Finance ( email )

10900 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
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Bing Liang

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Department of Finance ( email )

Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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