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Liquidity shocks, size and the relative performance of hedge fund strategies

  • Ding, Bill
  • Shawky, Hany A.
  • Tian, Jianbo
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    We examine whether the increase in the flow of capital to hedge funds over the period 1994-2005 had a negative impact on performance. More specifically, we study the relative performance of small versus large funds for each of the hedge fund strategies. Our results indicate that on an absolute return basis, small funds outperform large funds. On a risk-adjusted return basis, however, we find that large funds outperform small funds, and that large funds are also shown to hold less liquid assets and take on less systematic and idiosyncratic risk than small funds. Further, funds that experience positive liquidity shocks generally outperform those that experience negative liquidity shocks. We also find evidence that hedge fund managers that are aggressive in dealing with liquidity shocks perform better than hedge fund managers that are conservative in dealing with liquidity shocks.

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    Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 5 (May)
    Pages: 883-891

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