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Hedge Funds: Performance, Risk, and Capital Formation

44 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2005 Last revised: 11 Jul 2011

William Fung

Maple Financial Group

David A. Hsieh

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Tarun Ramadorai

Imperial College London; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Narayan Y. Naik

London Business School - Institute of Finance and Accounting

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Date Written: August 1, 2008

Abstract

We use a comprehensive data set of funds-of-funds to investigate performance, risk, and capital formation in the hedge fund industry from 1995 to 2004. While the average fund-of-funds delivers alpha only in the period between October 1998 and March 2000, a subset of funds-of-funds consistently delivers alpha. The alpha-producing funds are not as likely to liquidate as those that do not deliver alpha, and experience far greater and steadier capital inflows than their less fortunate counterparts. These capital inflows attenuate the ability of the alpha producers to continue to deliver alpha in the future.

Keywords: hedge funds, funds-of-funds, performance, alpha, survival, flows, capacity constraints

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G23

Suggested Citation

Fung, William and Hsieh, David A. and Ramadorai, Tarun and Naik, Narayan Y., Hedge Funds: Performance, Risk, and Capital Formation (August 1, 2008). The Journal of Finance, Vol. LXIII, No. 4, August 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=778124

William (Bill) Fung

Maple Financial Group ( email )

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