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Risk analytics for hedge funds
Author(s): Ankur Pareek
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Paper Abstract

The rapid growth of the hedge fund industry presents significant business opportunity for the institutional investors particularly in the form of portfolio diversification. To facilitate this, there is a need to develop a new set of risk analytics for investments consisting of hedge funds, with the ultimate aim to create transparency in risk measurement without compromising the proprietary investment strategies of hedge funds. As well documented in the literature, use of dynamic options like strategies by most of the hedge funds make their returns highly non-normal with fat tails and high kurtosis, thus rendering Value at Risk (VaR) and other mean-variance analysis methods unsuitable for hedge fund risk quantification. This paper looks at some unique concerns for hedge fund risk management and will particularly concentrate on two approaches from physical world to model the non-linearities and dynamic correlations in hedge fund portfolio returns: Self Organizing Criticality (SOC) and Random Matrix Theory (RMT).Random Matrix Theory analyzes correlation matrix between different hedge fund styles and filters random noise from genuine correlations arising from interactions within the system. As seen in the results of portfolio risk analysis, it leads to a better portfolio risk forecastability and thus to optimum allocation of resources to different hedge fund styles. The results also prove the efficacy of self-organized criticality and implied portfolio correlation as a tool for risk management and style selection for portfolios of hedge funds, being particularly effective during non-linear market crashes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 May 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5848, Noise and Fluctuations in Econophysics and Finance, (23 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.599049
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Ankur Pareek, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5848:
Noise and Fluctuations in Econophysics and Finance
Derek Abbott; Jean-Philippe Bouchaud; Xavier Gabaix; Joseph L. McCauley, Editor(s)

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