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Measuring Loss Potential of Hedge Fund Strategies

Marcos Lopez de Prado

Guggenheim Partners, LLC; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Harvard University - RCC

Achim Peijan

UBS Wealth Managment Research

Journal of Alternative Investments, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 7-31, Summer 2004

We measure the loss potential of Hedge Funds by combining three market risk measures: VaR, Draw-Down and Time Under-The-Water. Calculations are carried out considering three different frameworks regarding Hedge Fund returns: i) Normality and time-independence, ii) Non-normality and time-independence and iii) Non-normality and time-dependence.

In the case of Hedge Funds, our results clearly state that market risk may be substantially underestimated by those models which assume Normality or, even considering Non-Normality, neglect to model time-dependence. Moreover, VaR is an incomplete measure of market risk whenever the Normality assumption does not hold. In this case, VaR results must be compared with Draw-Down and Time Under-The-Water measures in order to accurately assess about Hedge Funds loss potential.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Hedge Fund, Value-at-Risk, risk, performance, drawdown, under-the-water, normal returns, non-normal returns, time-dependence, ARMA, Monte Carlo, skewness, kurtosis, mixture of gaussian distributions, survival probability, styles, investment strategies

JEL Classification: G0, G1, G2, G15, G24, E44

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Date posted: January 4, 2005  

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Lopez de Prado, Marcos and Peijan, Achim, Measuring Loss Potential of Hedge Fund Strategies. Journal of Alternative Investments, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 7-31, Summer 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=641702

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Marcos Lopez de Prado (Contact Author)
Guggenheim Partners, LLC ( email )
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New York, NY 10017
United States
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Achim Peijan
UBS Wealth Managment Research ( email )
Zurich, CH-8098
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