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Geschäfts‐ und Risikopolitik von Hedgefonds im Vergleich zu anderen Finanzintermediären: Sind Hedgefonds besonders gefährlich?


  • Günter Franke


Hedge funds are characterized by short‐term investments in over‐ or undervalued financial instruments. Their policy is highly dynamic as opposed to the more long‐term investments of mutual funds. On average, the risk taken by hedge funds appears to be higher than that taken by mutual funds, although quite risky mutual funds also exist. Banks sometimes take large default risks, as evidenced by various banking crises. Also banks trade heavily on the term structure of interest rates. Hence, in these respects it appears that banks take risks that are at least as high as hedge funds. In short‐term proprietary trading, banks and hedge funds face similar challenges. Overall, hedge funds cannot be regarded as more dangerous than banks. Since hedge funds trade with professional investors and banks, there is little reason to protect these counterparties by special regulation. Moreover, most hedge funds are rather small players and do not seem to act in herds. Therefore, the probability of systemic risks created by hedge funds appears to be very low. As a consequence, market control of hedge funds supported by more transparency appears to be preferable to specific hedge fund regulation.

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  • Günter Franke, 2000. "Geschäfts‐ und Risikopolitik von Hedgefonds im Vergleich zu anderen Finanzintermediären: Sind Hedgefonds besonders gefährlich?," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 1(3), pages 301-318, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:perwir:v:1:y:2000:i:3:p:301-318
    DOI: 10.1111/1468-2516.00019

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