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The value-added of investable hedge fund indices

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  • Heidorn, Thomas
  • Kaiser, Dieter G.
  • Voinea, Andre

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This paper empirically investigates the risk and performance of three types of alternative beta products over the January 2002 to September 2009 time period: funds of hedge funds (FHFs), investable hedge fund indices (IHFIs), and hedge fund replication strategies (HFRS). We show that IHFIs are true alternative beta products with high correlations and beta to noninvestable hedge fund indices. Our results further suggest that, in a best case scenario, IHFIs outperform FHFs and HFRS on a risk-adjusted basis. However, in the worst case scenario, IHFIs underperform both investments. If we take the average of all IHFIs, we find they perform equally well as FHFs. Hence, IHFIs constitute a solid alternative to FHF investments, while costing substantially less, and offering generally more transparency and liquidity. We propose that fee-sensitive investors especially should consider taking a core-satellite approach to their hedge fund portfolio, with the core represented by cheap passive hedge fund beta through IHFIs, and the satellite represented by more expensive and actively managed alphagenerating FHFs. --

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Paper provided by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in its series Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series with number 141.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Keywords: Hedge funds; investable hedge fund indices; alternative beta; funds of hedge funds; hedge fund replication; Omega ratio;

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  1. Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, 2010. "Rethinking evolution, entropy and economics: A triadic conceptual framework for the maximum entropy principle as applied to the growth of knowledge," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 146, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
  2. Andriani, Pierpaolo & Herrmann-Pillath, Carsten, 2011. "Transactional innovation and the de-commoditization of the Brazilian coffee trade," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 162, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
  3. Olmo, José & Sanso-Navarro, Marcos, 2012. "Forecasting the performance of hedge fund styles," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 36(8), pages 2351-2365.
  4. Roßbach, Peter & Karlow, Denis, 2011. "The stability of traditional measures of index tracking quality," Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series 164, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

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