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Offshore Hedge Funds: Survival and Performance 1989-1995

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  • Stephen J. Brown
  • William N. Goetzmann
  • Roger G. Ibbotson

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We examine the performance of the offshore hedge fund industry over the period 1989 through 1995 using a database that includes defunct as well as currently operating funds. The industry is characterized by high attrition rates of funds and little evidence of differential manager skill. We develop endogenous style categories for relative fund performance measures and find that repeat-winner and repeat-loser patterns in the data are largely due to style effects in that data.

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  • Stephen J. Brown & William N. Goetzmann & Roger G. Ibbotson, 1997. "Offshore Hedge Funds: Survival and Performance 1989-1995," NBER Working Papers 5909, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    5. Boyson, Nicole M. & Stahel, Christof W. & Stulz, Rene M., 2006. "Is There Hedge Fund Contagion?," Working Paper Series 2006-1, Ohio State University, Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics.
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    7. Benoît Dewaele, 2013. "Leverage and Alpha: The Case of Funds of Hedge Funds," Working Papers CEB 13-033, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
    8. Harry. M Kat & Faye Menexe, 2002. "Persistence in Hedge Fund Performance: The True Value of a Track Record," ICMA Centre Discussion Papers in Finance icma-dp2002-13, Henley Business School, Reading University.
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    • N20 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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