Downside-risk performance measures and hedge funds

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2006
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This paper delves into performance measures which have recently emerged in an attempt to circumvent the well recognised flaws of conventional measures derived solely from mean and standard deviation. I use several of these measures to rank both equity indices as well as hedge fund strategies based on their likelihood of achieving a particular return level, relative to the downside risk associated with that target return. This method makes intuitive sense since one of the key characteristics of hedge funds is to seek to capture most upside while protecting the downside. While the conclusions clearly point to the superiority of hedge funds at all return thresholds, with the equity indices improving their rankings from worst to middle of the pack at the higher threshold levels, the use of the downside measures is not clear-cut and can be fraught with some ambiguity in the interpretation of rankings which they yield.

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English
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Thesis
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Faculty of Business Administration - Simon Fraser University
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Research Project (M.B.A.)
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