The Impact of Non-Normality Risks and Tactical Trading on Hedge Fund Alphas

Most previous tests of hedge fund performance have failed to model the exposure of hedge fund returns to systematic non-normality risks, nor have they taken the tactical asset allocation decisions of hedge funds managers into account.

Author(s):

Harry M. Kat

Professor of Risk Management, Sir John Cass Business School, City University (UK)

Joelle Miffre

Associate Professor of Finance, EDHEC Business School

This paper shows that failure to account for these features leads to incorrect statistical inferences on the performance of 1 out of 4 hedge funds and overstates hedge funds' alpha by 1.54% on average. Put another way, hedge funds offer abnormal returns that are 23.1% lower than commonly accepted.

Type: Working paper
Date: le 08/05/2006
Research Cluster : Finance

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