Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

4-2011

Abstract

This paper evaluates hedge funds that grant favorable redemption terms to investors. Within this group of purportedly liquid funds, high net inflow funds subsequently outperform low net inflow funds by 4.79 percent per year after adjusting for risk. The return impact of fund flows is stronger when funds embrace liquidity risk, when market liquidity is low, and when funding liquidity, as measured by the TED spread, aggregate hedge fund flows, and prime broker stock returns, is tight. In keeping with an agency explanation, funds with strong incentives to raise capital, low manager option deltas, and no manager capital co-invested are more likely to take on excessive liquidity risk. These results resonate with the theory of funding liquidity by Brunnermeier and Pedersen (2009).

Keywords

Hedge funds, Liquidity risk, Funding liquidity, Market liquidity, Redemption gates

Discipline

Finance and Financial Management | Portfolio and Security Analysis

Publication

Journal of Financial Economics

Issue

1

First Page

24-44

ISSN

0304-405X

Identifier

10.1016/j.jfineco.2010.11.003

Publisher

Elsevier

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