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Overcoming limits of arbitrage: Theory and evidence

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  • Hombert, Johan
  • Thesmar, David

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Limits to arbitrage arise because financial intermediaries may face funding constraints when mispricing worsens. Using a model with limits to arbitrage, where we allow arbitrageurs to secure capital even in case of underperformance, we show that arbitrageurs that are more protected from withdrawals have more mean-reverting and volatile returns. Using data on hedge fund performance, we find robust support for these hypotheses: Funds with contractual impediments to withdrawals, and funds with performance-insensitive outflows, recover more quickly after a bad year and have more volatile returns. Our evidence is consistent with the idea that some hedge funds overcome the limits to arbitrage.

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  • Hombert, Johan & Thesmar, David, 2014. "Overcoming limits of arbitrage: Theory and evidence," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 111(1), pages 26-44.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinec:v:111:y:2014:i:1:p:26-44 DOI: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2013.09.003
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    1. Koen van der Veer & Anouk Levels & Claudia Lambert & Luis Molestina Vivar & Christian Weistroffer & Raymond Chaudron & René de Sousa van Stralen, 2017. "Developing macroprudential policy for alternative investment funds," DNB Occasional Studies 1504, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.

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    Keywords

    Limits to arbitrage; Hedge funds; Capital structure;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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