On taking the 'alternative' route: risks, rewards, style and performance persistence analysis of hedge funds



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Centre for Hedge Fund Research and Education Working Paper

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Agarwal V; Naik N Y


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Using a new database of hedge funds, this paper provides a comprehensive analysis of the risk-return characteristics, risk exposures, style analysis and performance persistence of various hedge fund strategies. We conduct a mean-variance analysis to find that a combination of alternative investments and passive indexing provides significantly better risk-return trade off than passively investing in the different asset classes. Using abroad asset class factor model, we find that the hedge fund strategies outperform the benchmark by a range of 6% to 15% per year. We infer the significant risk exposures of different hedge fund strategies using generalized style analysis and find results consistent with their investment objectives. Finally, using parametric and non-parametric methods, we examine persistence in the performance of hedge fund managers. We find a reasonable degree of persistence which seems to be attributable more to the losers continuing to be losers instead of winners continuing to be winners.

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Hedge Fund Centre

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Centre for Hedge Fund Research and Education Working Paper