Patton, Andrew J. (2004) Are "market neutral" hedge funds really market neutral? Discussion paper: IAM Series No 005, 522. Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
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One can consider the concept of market neutrality for hedge funds as having breadth and depth: breadth reflects the number of market risks to which a fund is neutral, while depth reflects the completeness of the neutrality of the fund to market risks. We focus on market neutrality depth, and propose five different neutrality concepts. Mean neutrality nests the standard correlation-based definition of neutrality. Variance neutrality, Value-at-Risk neutrality and tail neutrality all relate to the neutrality of the risk of the hedge fund to market risks. Finally, complete neutrality. corresponds to independence of the fund to market risks. We suggest statistical tests for each neutrality concept, and apply the tests to a combined database of monthly market neutral hedge fund returns from the HFR and TASS hedge fund databases. We find that around one-quarter of these funds exhibit some significant exposure to market risk.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2004 The Author|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Diversification, Alternative investments, Correlation, Portfolio decisions|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
|Journal of Economic Literature Classification System:||G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
G - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G23 - Pension Funds; Other Private Financial Institutions
|Sets:||Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
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