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Hedge Fund Performance Attribution Under Various Market Conditions

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JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
DateAccepted/In press - 13 Jan 2018
DatePublished (current) - 31 Jan 2018
Volume56
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)221-237
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We investigate US hedge funds’ performance. Our proposed model contains exogenous and endogenous break points, based on business cycles and on a regime switching process conditional on different states of the market. During difficult market conditions most hedge fund strategies do not provide significant alphas. At such times hedge funds reduce both the number of their exposures to different asset classes and their portfolio allocations, while some strategies even reverse their exposures. Directional strategies share more common exposures under all market conditions compared to non-directional strategies. Factors related to commodity asset classes are more common during these difficult conditions whereas factors related to equity asset classes are most common during good market conditions. Falling stock markets are harsher than recessions for hedge funds.

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