David A. Hsieh

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This article presents some new results on an unexplored dataset on hedge fund performance. The results indicate that hedge funds follow strategies that are dramatically different from mutual funds, and support the claim that these strategies are highly dynamic. The article finds five dominant investment styles in hedge funds, which when added to Sharpe’s(More)
It is well known that the pro forma performance of a sample of investment funds contains biases. These biases are documented in Brown, Goetzmann, Ibbotson and Ross (1992) using mutual funds as subjects. The organization structure of hedge funds, being private and often offshore vehicles, makes data collection a much more onerous task. This amplifies the(More)
Numerous studies report that standard volatility models have low explanatory power, leading some researchers to question whether these models have economic value. We examine this question by using conditional mean-variance analysis to assess the value of volatility timing to short-horizon investors. We nd that the volatility timing strategies outperform the(More)
Statistical inference in long-horizon event studies has been hampered by the fact that abnormal returns are neither normally distributed nor independent. This study presents a new approach to inference that overcomes these difficulties and dominates other popular testing methods. I illustrate the use of the methodology by examining the long-horizon returns(More)
We show that bond risk-premia rise with uncertainty about expected inflation and fall with uncertainty about expected growth; the magnitude of return predictability using these two uncertainty measures is similar to that by multiple yields. Motivated by this evidence, we develop and estimate a long-run risks model with time-varying volatilities of expected(More)
Using a large database of analysts’ target prices issued over the period 1997^ 1999, we examine short-term market reactions to target price revisions and long-term comovement of target and stock prices.We ¢nd a signi¢cant market reaction to the information contained in analysts’ target prices, both unconditionally and conditional on contemporaneously issued(More)
We use a comprehensive dataset of funds-of-funds to investigate performance, risk and capital formation in the hedge fund industry over the decade from 1995-2004. We first confirm that there are high systematic risk exposures in the returns of funds-of-funds in our data. We then divide up the ten years into three distinct sub-periods and demonstrate that(More)
Using a comprehensive hedge fund database, we examine the role of managerial incentives and discretion in hedge fund performance. Hedge funds with greater managerial incentives, proxied by the delta of the option-like incentive fee contracts, higher levels of managerial ownership, and the inclusion of high-water mark provisions in the incentive contracts,(More)