Hedge Funds: Past, Present and Future

39 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2007

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René M. Stulz

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)


Assets managed by hedge funds have grown faster over the last ten years than assets managed by mutual funds. Hedge funds and mutual funds perform the same economic function, but hedge funds are largely unregulated while mutual funds are tightly regulated. This paper compares the organization, performance, and risks of hedge funds and mutual funds. It then examines whether one can expect increasing convergence between these two investment vehicles and concludes that the performance gap between hedge funds and mutual funds will narrow, that regulatory developments will limit the flexibility of hedge funds, and that hedge funds will become more institutionalized.

JEL Classification: G11, G14, G21, G23, G28

Suggested Citation

Stulz, Rene M., Hedge Funds: Past, Present and Future. Fisher College of Business Working Paper No. 2007-03-003; Charles A Dice Center WP No. 2007-3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=939629 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.939629

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