Have Institutional Investors Spoiled the Hedge Fund Party?

Hedge fund performance has declined precipitously since the 1990s as assets under management have exploded. The managers are not solely to blame. While alpha has withered, large institutional investors have piled into large hedge fund managers that are perceived to be safe — an industry transformation beautifully summarized by Blackstone Group: The original hedge fund clients,…

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Sensation Seeking and Hedge Funds

ABSTRACT We show that motivated by sensation seeking, hedge fund managers who own powerful sports cars take on more investment risk but do not deliver higher returns, resulting in lower Sharpe ratios, information ratios, and alphas. Moreover, sensation‐seeking managers trade more frequently, actively, and unconventionally, and prefer lottery‐like stocks. We show further that some investors…

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Mum And Dad Investors Are Snowflakes

I have been thinking about this piece I posted yesterday. The central tenet is that to admit a mistake is to undermine one’s sense of self. Thus doing so is extremely difficult for professional money managers. My thoughts have drifted to the current round of pending and proposed legal action by shareholders against various companies,…

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Hedge Fund Managers With Psychopathic Tendencies Make for Worse Investors

Ya reckon….yet another thing that probably got a grant when one wasn’t actually needed. Some things belong in the no shit Sherlock file…. Abstract It is widely assumed that psychopathic personality traits promote success in high-powered, competitive contexts such as financial investment. By contrast, empirical studies find that psychopathic leaders can be charming and persuasive,…

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