Does the Choice of Performance Measure Influence the Evaluation of Hedge Funds?
20 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2006
The Sharpe ratio is adequate for evaluating investment funds when the returns of those funds are normally distributed and the investor intends to place all his risky assets into just one investment fund. Hedge fund returns differ significantly from a normal distribution. For this reason, other performance measures for hedge fund returns have been proposed in both the academic and practice-oriented literature. In conducting an empirical study based on return data of 2,763 hedge funds, we compare the Sharpe ratio with 12 other performance measures. Despite significant deviations of hedge fund returns from a normal distribution, our comparison of the Sharpe ratio to the other performance measures results in virtually identical rank ordering across hedge funds.
Keywords: Asset management; Hedge funds, Performance measurement, Rank correlation, Sharpe ratio
JEL Classification: D81, G10, G11, G23
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