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Hedge Funds and Financial Stability: An Analysis of Their Factor Exposures

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  • Brealey, Richard A
  • Kaplanis, Evi

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In recent years, hedge funds and other highly leveraged institutions have attracted considerable criticism and have been accused of accentuating economic crises by taking large speculative positions in emerging markets. This paper examines how much information about hedge fund exposures can be inferred from fund returns. We provide supporting evidence that factor exposures are not constant and that funds exhibit herding. However, there are important difficulties in using returns data to identify speculative portfolio shifts and we show that considerable caution is needed in drawing inferences about hedge fund activities during crisis periods. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

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  • Brealey, Richard A & Kaplanis, Evi, 2001. "Hedge Funds and Financial Stability: An Analysis of Their Factor Exposures," International Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 4(2), pages 161-187, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:intfin:v:4:y:2001:i:2:p:161-87
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    1. Gregoriou, Greg N. & Sedzro, Komlan & Zhu, Joe, 2005. "Hedge fund performance appraisal using data envelopment analysis," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 164(2), pages 555-571, July.
    2. Boyson, Nicole M. & Stahel, Christof W. & Stulz, Rene M., 2006. "Is There Hedge Fund Contagion?," Working Paper Series 2006-1, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.
    3. Wong, Wing-Keung & Phoon, Kok Fai & Lean, Hooi Hooi, 2008. "Stochastic dominance analysis of Asian hedge funds," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 204-223, June.
    4. Monica Billio & Mila Getmansky & Loriana Pelizzon, 2008. "Crises and Hedge Fund Risk," Yale School of Management Working Papers amz2561, Yale School of Management, revised 01 Oct 2009.
    5. Monica Billio & Mila Getmansky & Loriana Pelizzon, 2006. "Phase-Locking and Switching Volatility in Hedge Funds," Working Papers 2006_54, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
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    7. Capocci, Daniel, 2006. "Neutrality of market neutral funds," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 17(2), pages 309-333, December.
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    9. Azman-Saini, W.N.W., 2006. "Hedge funds, exchange rates and causality: Evidence from Thailand and Malaysia," MPRA Paper 716, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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