Systemic Risk and Hedge Funds

Nicholas Chan, Mila Getmansky, Shane M. Haas and Andrew W. Lo

in The Risks of Financial Institutions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780226092850
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226092980 | DOI:
Systemic Risk and Hedge Funds

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This chapter reports that inferences about risk can be acutely sensitive to the sample period used to produce risk measures. It also discusses the increasing role of hedge funds. The dynamics of hedge funds are quite different to those of more traditional investments, and the potential impact on systemic risk is apparent. Illiquidity and smoothed returns may be significant properties for hedge fund returns. Serial correlation may serve as a proxy for a fund's liquidity exposure. The banking sector has significant exposure to certain hedge fund indexes, implying the presence of some common factors between hedge funds and banks, and raising the possibility that dislocation among the former can impact the latter. It is shown that the average liquidation probability for funds in 2004 is over 11 percent, which is higher than the historical unconditional attrition rate of 8.8 percent. The chapter explains how the banking sector is exposed to hedge fund risks.

Keywords: systemic risk; risk measures; hedge funds; serial correlation; liquidity; banking; illiquidity; liquidation probability

Chapter.  38056 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Financial Markets

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