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Hedge Funds and the Technology Bubble

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  • MARKUS K. BRUNNERMEIER
  • STEFAN NAGEL

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This paper documents that hedge funds did not exert a correcting force on stock prices during the technology bubble. Instead, they were heavily invested in technology stocks. This does not seem to be the result of unawareness of the bubble: Hedge funds captured the upturn, but, by reducing their positions in stocks that were about to decline, avoided much of the downturn. Our findings question the efficient markets notion that rational speculators always stabilize prices. They are consistent with models in which rational investors may prefer to ride bubbles because of predictable investor sentiment and limits to arbitrage. Copyright 2004 by The American Finance Association.

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  • Markus K. Brunnermeier & Stefan Nagel, 2004. "Hedge Funds and the Technology Bubble," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 59(5), pages 2013-2040, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:59:y:2004:i:5:p:2013-2040
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