On the Driving Factor of Hedge Funds Performance— R-Squareds Systematic Risk or Active Risk

  • 賴 惟仁

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The main purpose of this thesis is to explore whether hedge fund managers who increase exposure to active risk or exposure to systematic risk can generate superior performance Our results indicate that funds with low systematic risk outperform on average funds with high systematic risk We also follow Titman and Tiu (2011) and use R-squared to identify talented hedge fund managers Our results indicate that hedge funds with lower R-squared values can generate abnormal returns Finally we compare active risk systematic risk and R-squared in order to identify which is the better hedge fund performance measure Our results indicate that R-squared is a better future performance measure of hedge funds than either active risk or systematic risk Moreover our out-of-sample results also show that funds with lower past R-squared values or lower past systematic risk have better risk-adjusted performance In other words hedge fund managers who really have a special talent to generate abnormal returns from the active component of their portfolio will tend to maintain the systematic risk to total risk ratio at a low level (i e a low R-squared) and simultaneously control low level of systematic risk exposure
Date of Award2016 Jul 12
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMeng-Feng Yen (Supervisor)

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