Detecting switching strategies in equity hedge funds returns

Alexander, Carol and Dimitriu, Anca (2005) Detecting switching strategies in equity hedge funds returns. Journal of Alternative Investments, 8 (1). pp. 7-13. ISSN 1520-3255

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Abstract

Equity hedge funds are thought to effectively operate market timing by implementing switching strategies conditional on market circumstances. In this article the authors use only the reported monthly returns on a set of funds to infer the type of switching strategies they follow, if any, as well as their switching times. A set of regime-switching models for each equity hedge funds returns against various benchmarks are estimated; subsequently the authors attempt to answer the following general questions: What proportion of equity funds seem to have switching strategies in place? Which are the most popular instruments for switching strategies? And what is the relationship between the switching times of different funds? The general methodology applied in this article may be useful to investors who wish to detect, from only reported returns, whether and when a particular fund has been timing the market.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Depositing User: Carol Alexander
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2012 11:17
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 11:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/40601
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