Unobserved performance of hedge funds


Ruenzi, Stefan ; Agarwal, Vikas ; Weigert, Florian


Document Type: Conference presentation
Year of publication: 2019
Conference title: 2019 Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS) Annual Conference
Location of the conference venue: Svannah, GA
Date of the conference: May 28-30, 2019
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > Internat. Finanzierung (Ruenzi)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: We investigate hedge funds’ unobserved performance (UP), measured as the risk-adjusted return difference between a fund firm’s reported return and the hypothetical portfolio return derived from its disclosed long equity holdings. We find that high UP is (i) positively associated with measures of managerial incentives, discretion, and skill, and (ii) driven by a fund firm’s frequent trading in equity positions, derivatives usage, short selling, and confidential holdings. Fund firms with high UP outperform fund firms with low UP by more than 6% p.a. after accounting for typical hedge fund risk factors and fund characteristics.




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Ruenzi, Stefan ORCID: 0000-0002-6492-1701 ; Agarwal, Vikas ; Weigert, Florian Unobserved performance of hedge funds. (2019) 2019 Financial Intermediation Research Society (FIRS) Annual Conference (Svannah, GA) [Conference presentation]


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