The performance and diversification benefits of funds of hedge funds

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Title: The performance and diversification benefits of funds of hedge funds
Authors: Denvir, Emily
Hutson, Elaine
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1179
Date: 2004
Abstract: We examine the performance and diversification potential of 332 funds of hedge funds (FOHFs) for the period from January 1990 to May 2003. Consistent with prior studies, we find that FOHFs appear to underperform the hedge fund index on a risk-adjusted basis. However, FOHFs have characteristics that offset their apparent underperformance. Their returns do not suffer from negative skewness that is a feature of many hedge fund strategies. In addition, we find that FOHFs have lower correlations (than the hedge fund index) with stock indices in both bull and bear markets, making them a better diversification tool in equity portfolios. For bond portfolios, however, FOHFs have no diversification advantage over hedge fund indexing.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Business. Centre for Financial Markets
Copyright (published version): 2004, Centre for Financial Markets
Keywords: Hedge funds;Fund of hedge funds;Diversification;Skewness
Subject LCSH: Hedge funds--Evaluation
Investments--Evaluation
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Centre for Financial Markets Working Papers

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