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L-performance with an application to hedge funds

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  • Darolles, Serge
  • Gourieroux, Christian
  • Jasiak, Joann

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This paper introduces a new parametric fund performance measure, called the L-performance. The L-performance is an alternative to the Sharpe performance, which is commonly used in practice despite its inability to account for skewness and heavy tails of unconditional return distributions. The L-performance improves upon the Sharpe measure in this respect. Technically, it resembles the Sharpe measure in that it is defined as a ratio of the first- and second-order moments, which are the trimmed L-moments instead of the conventional (power) moments. The trimming parameters allow for focusing the L-performance on specific risk levels of interest, according to financial risk criteria. For illustration, a set of L-performances is computed for a variety of hedge funds. The empirical study shows the use of L-performance for fund ranking and return smoothing (manipulation) control.

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  • Darolles, Serge & Gourieroux, Christian & Jasiak, Joann, 2009. "L-performance with an application to hedge funds," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 16(4), pages 671-685, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:16:y:2009:i:4:p:671-685
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    1. Darolles, Serge & Gourieroux, Christian, 2010. "Conditionally fitted Sharpe performance with an application to hedge fund rating," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 578-593, March.
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