How Risky are Low-Risk Hedge Funds?

Achim Mattes, Olga Kolokolova

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This paper investigates the determinants of the average level of risk of hedge funds, which provide high liquidity to their investors and report their returns on a daily basis. We find that larger funds and funds charging higher incentive fees exhibit lower risk, whereas funds charging higher management fees, imposing longer notice periods, and stemming from large fund-families take more risk. There is considerable variation in the risk levels between funds reporting in Euro and USD, with Euro funds being consistently less risky, suggesting that these funds target different types of investors with other preferences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Hedge funds; Risk taking; Incentives


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