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Intended as a comprehensive reference for investors and fund and portfolio managers, Handbook of Hedge Funds combines new material with. Intended as a comprehensive reference for investors and fund and portfolio managers, Handbook of Hedge Funds combines new material with updated. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Lhabitant, François-Serge. Handbook of hedge funds / François-Serge Lhabitant. p. cm. – (Wiley finance.
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Summary PDF Request permissions. Part I: Part II: The current trend in the hedge fund business is that the massive money flow towards arbitrage strategies makes it more and more difficult for managers to generate interesting returns.
Most of the low-hanging fruits have already been picked! Arbitrage opportunities will generate profits only if they are large enough to exceed transaction costs. In Figure 2. In the chart we have plotted the difference between the actual price and the theoretical price for a financial instrument selected by a hedge fund manager.
As evidenced by the chart, the trading opportunities offered to the manager taper off as time passes, due to the growing competition of other arbitrageurs. In black, we show the profit opportunities for most arbitrageurs: it is clear that these opportunities peter out and disappear over time. In gray, we show the additional profits that can be cashed in by those hedge funds that are able to negotiate lower brokerage fees with their brokers than most of the market players.
All managers attach great importance to reducing transaction costs, so as to expand the opportunity universe of profitable trades.
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To do so, they need to examine the market microstructure and the impact of transaction costs on viable trading opportunities. The Monte Carlo simulation method is often used to this end.
Difference between the actual price and the theoretical price Profit opportunities for many arbitrageurs Typical transaction costs Lower transaction costs that only a few hedge funds are able to negotiate with their brokers Time Profit opportunities exploited by hedge funds that negotiate lower transaction costs Typical transaction costs Newly discovered arbitrage opportunity Mature arbitrage opportunity Figure 2.
As a result, the largest funds with the highest trading frequency will enjoy a broader universe of arbitrage opportunities. It is a receipt certifying the number of shares of a foreign-based corporation held by the US bank in the country of origin.
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The receipt can also represent multiples of the foreign shares. GDR Global Depositary Receipt is a certificate issued by a bank and traded in the same country as the bank of issue as domestic shares.
The receipt certifies the number of shares of a foreign-based corporation held by the bank in the country of origin. This opens up arbitrage opportunities between ADR or GDR and local shares: it is an arbitrage between similar shares, traded simultaneously on two different markets.
The impact of different buy or sale flows on different markets and exchange rate changes causes the prices of the ADR or of the underlying share to fluctuate. The barriers to entry for this arbitrage strategy are transaction costs and the speed of transaction execution both on the ADR and on the underlying share.
Figure 2. The figure plots the premium at which the ADR is traded over the local share.
The ADR trades at a Figure 2. Used with permission from Bloomberg L.
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A few months after the issue of a thirty-year Treasury Bond, the presence of many longterm investors leaves very few notes outstanding, thus reducing their liquidity. The Treasury notes issued a few months earlier are said to be off-the-run, whereas the newly issued ones are called on-the-run. Since the off-the-run notes are less liquid, they are traded at a slight discount over on-the-run notes.
Arbitrage 25 Arbitrageurs open a convergence position on the spread between the two Treasury notes and make a profit if the spread narrows. Since the spread is very small, to make an interesting return it is necessary to resort to leverage. As evidenced by the figure, the spread narrows down throughout , from about 15 bps to approximately 9 bps.
By buying thirty-year Treasury Bonds due on 15th February and selling short the same amount of thirty-year Treasury Bonds due on 15th February , a hedge fund manager could have made a profit out of the spread convergence.
The next chapter will describe short selling, the enabler of all the hedge fund strategies. The structure of the following chapters comes from a classification of the arbitrage opportunities sought in equities, mergers and acquisitions, convertible bonds, fixed income securities and in special situations.
The hedge fund manager may use this tale to say that people who have a mind of their own and do not go with the crowd may prove rather annoying. In the tale, no courtier has the courage to tell the emperor that he is actually naked, because they all fear they will be considered unfit for their jobs.
Today, financial markets are all biased towards good news: if somebody says a company should be sold because it is destroying value, he is not going to be very popular!
Since the illegal activities continued anyway, instead of forbidding them, in the Dutch government decided to levy a tax on profits from short sales. In the 18th and 19th centuries, short sales were banned time and again in Great Britain, France and Germany. Only rarely however were these bans actively enforced, and operators found it easy to circumvent them.
In , short sales were banned: however, the law remained unapplied and was abrogated in In a new wave of panic swept the financial markets, causing many banks to go bust. The blame for this crash was put on short selling, and in 28 Investment Strategies of Hedge Funds the Parliament passed another law forbidding short sales on banking shares, but once again the law went unapplied.
In , a testimony at the Royal Commission demonstrated that the stock market crash had not been caused by short sales, but rather by insane banking practices and by a poor asset quality. In France in a royal decree prohibited short selling. Even Napoleon declared this practice illegal, because he believed that short sales drove treasury prices down, interfering with the financing of his expansionary plans.
Together with his Finance Minister Mollien, he maintained that short sellers were traitors because they wished treasuries to collapse. In , the New York state issued a ban on short sales in the wake of the speculation spate at the outbreak of war against England.
The ban proved to be unsuccessful and was lifted during the depression between and Before , stock manipulation and cornering1 were widespread in particular on railway company stocks. In Germany, in , the Reichstag issued a law prohibiting future trades on corn and flour, and forward trades on shares of mining and manufacturing companies.
So traders physically left the stock exchange to continue to trade futures, and trades were redirected onto the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges. The law was abolished in with regard to the chapters referring to shares and in for commodities. During World War I, the warring nations banned short selling on their stock markets, to prevent enemy agents from playing havoc with their markets, and to avoid speculative excesses.In Hong Kong, restrictions on short selling have been eased up, but they are still in force in many Asian countries.
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Blending facts, practical tips, and personal insights, written by an expert in the field, it provides a complete analysis of what hedge funds are, how they operate, and how they should be used in a portfolio. Getting Started in Hedge Funds 23 If certain requirements are not met, then mutual funds are forced to pay taxes, but as you can imagine, this rarely, if ever, occurs.
In practice, we note that, in earlier years, company cultures are often characterised by a strong team spirit and hard work. In , the New York state issued a ban on short sales in the wake of the speculation spate at the outbreak of war against England.
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