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Hedge funds, fund attributes and risk adjusted returns

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  • Gökçe Soydemir

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  • Jan Smolarski

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  • Sangheon Shin

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We use proprietary data to examine factors that lead hedge fund managers to offer hurdle rates and investigate relative hedge fund performance based on risk-adjusted returns. Using data from 3,571 hedge funds over a 15 year period, we find that funds that do not offer a hurdle rate outperform those that do. Funds offering a high watermark charge substantially higher performance fees. Further, emerging market, fixed income, and funds of funds are significantly more likely to offer a hurdle rate than other types of funds. Performance fees have a positive impact on the likelihood of offering a hurdle rate. Fund leverage and management fees are negatively associated with hurdle rates. The cross-sectional regressions show that funds, which offer a hurdle rate, underperform those that do not. Funds that charge a high performance fee appear to outperform those that charge a relatively low fee. The results are consistent with the view that those managers who wish to improve risk-adjusted returns should not focus on hurdle rates. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014

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  • Gökçe Soydemir & Jan Smolarski & Sangheon Shin, 2014. "Hedge funds, fund attributes and risk adjusted returns," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 38(1), pages 133-149, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jecfin:v:38:y:2014:i:1:p:133-149
    DOI: 10.1007/s12197-011-9217-4
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    1. Perez Katarzyna, 2014. "Polish Absolute Return Funds And Stock Funds. Short And Long Term Performance Comparison," Folia Oeconomica Stetinensia, Sciendo, vol. 14(2), pages 179-197, December.

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    Keywords

    Hedge Funds; Hurdle Rates; High-Watermarks; G11; G24;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage

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