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Hedge Fund Replication


  • Akihiko Takahashi

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Kyo Yamamoto

    (Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)


This chapter provides a comprehensive explanation of hedge fund replication. This chapter first reviews the characteristics of hedge fund returns. Then, the emergence of hedge fund replication products is discussed. Hedge fund replication methods are classified into three categories: Rule-based, Factor-based, and Distribution replicating approaches. These approaches attempt to capture different aspects of hedge fund returns. This chapter explains the three methods.

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  • Akihiko Takahashi & Kyo Yamamoto, 2008. "Hedge Fund Replication," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-592, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
  • Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2008cf592

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