Assessing the Performance of the Hedge Funds Market: An Application to the Italian Hedge Funds Industry

Riccardo Bramante, Apl Cipollini, A. Manzini

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Abstract

Due to the complexity and heterogeneity of hedge fund strategies, assessing their performance is a challenging task. Reminiscent of the mutual fund industry, the literature has evolved in the direction of refining traditional measures (e.g. the Sharpe ratio) or introducing new ones. This paper offers a new approach, based on the Principal Component Analysis (PCA), to uncover the relevant information for performance measurement, quantify, and combine it into a unique rank. In addition, this paper assesses the ability of each individual hedge fund to raise the efficiency of a balanced portfolio by means of an extension of the Modigliani – Modigliani index. Finally, for illustration purposes, the methodology is applied for assessing the recent performance of the nascent Italian hedge fund industry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalSSRN Electronic Journal
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Hedge Fund Ranking
  • Principal Component

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