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An Introduction to Hedge Funds

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  • Sovan Mitra

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This report was originally written as an industry white paper on Hedge Funds. This paper gives an overview to Hedge Funds, with a focus on risk management issues. We define and explain the general characteristics of Hedge Funds, their main investment strategies and the risk models employed. We address the problems in Hedge Fund modelling, survey current Hedge Funds available on the market and those that have been withdrawn. Finally, we summarise the supporting and opposing arguments for Hedge Fund usage. A unique value of this paper, compared to other Hedge Fund literature freely available on the internet, is that this review is fully sourced from academic references (such as peer reviewed journals) and is thus a bona fide study. This paper will be of interest to: Hedge Fund and Mutual Fund Managers, Quantitative Analysts, "Front" and "Middle" office banking functions e.g. Treasury Management, Regulators concerned with Hedge Fund Financial Risk Management, Private and Institutional Investors, Academic Researchers in the area of Financial Risk Management and the general Finance community.

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  • Sovan Mitra, 2009. "An Introduction to Hedge Funds," Papers 0904.2731, arXiv.org, revised Apr 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:0904.2731
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    1. Brown, Stephen J., 2001. "Hedge funds: Omniscient or just plain wrong," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 301-311, August.
    2. Stonham, Paul, 1999. "Too close to the hedge: the case of long term capital management LP: Part one: hedge fund analytics," European Management Journal, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 282-289, June.
    3. Anne C Jansen & Donald J Mathieson & Barry J. Eichengreen & Laura E. Kodres & Bankim Chadha & Sunil Sharma, 1998. "Hedge Funds and Financial Market Dynamics," IMF Occasional Papers 166, International Monetary Fund.
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