Performance Measurement of Crypto Funds
14 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2023 Last revised: 13 Apr 2023
Date Written: March 28, 2023
Crypto funds (CFs) are a growing intermediary in cryptocurrency markets. We evaluate CF performance using metrics based on alphas, value at risk, lower partial moments, and maximum drawdown. The performance of actively managed CFs is heterogenous: While the average fund in our sample does not outperform the overall cryptocurrency market, there seem to be some few funds with superior skills. Given the non-normal nature of fund returns, the choice of the performance measure affects the rank orders of funds. Compared to the Sharpe ratio, the most commonly applied metric in practice, performance measures based on alphas and maximum drawdown lead to diverging fund rankings. Depending on their ranking of preferences, CF investors should thus consider a bundle of metrics for fund selection and performance measurement.
Keywords: crypto funds, active investment management, performance measurement, fund selection, blockchain-based digital assets
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G23, G24
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