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Heterogenität von Hedgefondsindizes

  • Heidorn, Thomas
  • Hoppe, Christian
  • Kaiser, Dieter G.

Most research on the performance and risk of hedge funds are based on calculations that just use the data from one index provider. Also most product providers and even more and more investors are using hedge fund indices for benchmarking purposes. As some academic articles pointed out, the world of hedge fund indices is very heterogeneous. So the empirical results on the optimal hedge fund allocation an investor would obtain by using the indices of one data provider could severely change if he would use another subset of indices. This paper analyses the heterogeneity of hedge fund indices that results from the fact that each index provider looks at a different subset of underlying hedge funds. Therefore we calculate different risk and return measures for the data series of six different hedge fund index providers and highlight the observed differences. In a next step, we rank the results we obtained, to find out which composite and strategy indices from which data provider are best used for benchmarking purposes from the point of view of the investor.

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Paper provided by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in its series Frankfurt School - Working Paper Series with number 71.

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  1. 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.
  2. William F. Sharpe, 1965. "Mutual Fund Performance," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 39, pages 119.
  3. Agarwal, Vikas & Naik, Narayan Y., 2000. "Multi-Period Performance Persistence Analysis of Hedge Funds," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 35(03), pages 327-342, September.
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