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Fund-of-Funds Construction by Statistical Multiple Testing Methods


Wolf, Michael; Wunderli, Dan (2009). Fund-of-Funds Construction by Statistical Multiple Testing Methods. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 445, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Fund-of-funds (FoF) managers face the task of selecting a (relatively) small number of hedge funds from a large universe of candidate funds. We analyse whether such a selection can be successfully achieved by looking at the track records of the available funds alone, using advanced statistical techniques. In particular, at a given point in time, we determine which funds significantly outperform a given benchmark while, crucially, accouting for the fact that a large number of funds are examined at the same time. This is achieved by employing so-called multiple testing methods. Then, the equal-weighted or the global minimum variance portfolio of the outperforming funds is held for one year, after which the selection process is repeated. When backtesting this strategy on two particular hedge fund universes, we find that the resulting FoF portfolios have attractive return properties compared to the 1/N portfolio (that is, simply equal-weighting all the available funds) but also when compared to two investable hedge fund indices.

Fund-of-funds (FoF) managers face the task of selecting a (relatively) small number of hedge funds from a large universe of candidate funds. We analyse whether such a selection can be successfully achieved by looking at the track records of the available funds alone, using advanced statistical techniques. In particular, at a given point in time, we determine which funds significantly outperform a given benchmark while, crucially, accouting for the fact that a large number of funds are examined at the same time. This is achieved by employing so-called multiple testing methods. Then, the equal-weighted or the global minimum variance portfolio of the outperforming funds is held for one year, after which the selection process is repeated. When backtesting this strategy on two particular hedge fund universes, we find that the resulting FoF portfolios have attractive return properties compared to the 1/N portfolio (that is, simply equal-weighting all the available funds) but also when compared to two investable hedge fund indices.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:September 2009
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 20:09
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:09
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-51897

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