A.I.R.A.P. - Alternative Views on Alternative Investments

36 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2004

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Milind Sharma

QuantZ Capital Management LLC

Date Written: January 2004


This paper investigates issues of risk-adjusted performance, value added and leverage for hedge funds. It applies AIRAP (Alternative Investments Risk Adjusted Performance), which is the power utility implied certain return that a risk-averse investor would trade off for holding risky assets, to hedge fund indices and individual hedge fund data. Inferences are made about the value added by hedge funds and the difference between directional and non-directional strategies. Evidence of non-normality, higher moment risks and the trade-off between mean-variance profile vis-a-vis skewness and kurtosis is noted across style categories. Further, survivorship bias is estimated across style categories in the first four moments.

Keywords: AIRAP, Hedge Funds, Certainty Equivalent, Skewness, Kurtosis

JEL Classification: D81, C40, G10

Suggested Citation

Sharma, Milind, A.I.R.A.P. - Alternative Views on Alternative Investments (January 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=497403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.497403

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