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Locked Up by a Lockup: Valuing Liquidity as a Real Option

  • Andrew Ang
  • Nicolas P.B. Bollen

"Hedge funds often impose lockups and notice periods to limit the ability of investors to withdraw capital. We model the investor's decision to withdraw capital as a real option and treat lockups and notice periods as exercise restrictions. Our methodology incorporates time-varying probabilities of hedge fund failure and optimal early exercise. We estimate a two-year lockup with a three-month notice period costs approximately 1% of the initial investment for an investor with constant relative risk aversion utility and risk aversion of three. The cost of illiquidity can easily exceed 10% if the hedge fund manager can arbitrarily suspend withdrawals." Copyright (c) 2010 Financial Management Association International..

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Volume (Year): 39 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 1069-1096

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