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Hedge Funds. Quantitative Insights. The Wiley Finance Series
Description:"An excellent and comprehensive source of information on hedge funds! From a quantitative viewLhabitant has done it once again by meticulously looking at the important topics in the hedge fundindustry. This book has a tremendous wealth of information and is a valuable addition to the hedgefund literature. In addition, it will benefit institutional investors, high net worth individuals,academics and anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating and often mysteriousworld of privately managed money. Written by one of the most respected practitioners andacademics in the area of hedge funds." -Greg N. Gregoriou, Professor of finance and researchcoordinator in the School of Business and Economics at Plattsburgh State University of New York."This is a landmark book on quantitative approaches to hedge funds. All those with a stake inbuilding hedge fund portfolios will highly profit from this exhaustive guide. A must read for all thoseinvolved in hedge fund investing." -Pascal Botteron, Ph.D., Head of Hedge Fund ProductDevelopment, Pictet Asset Management"François-Serge Lhabitant's second book will prove to be a bestseller too - just like Hedge Funds:Myths and Limits. He actually manages to make quantitative analysis 'approachable'- even forthose less gifted with numbers. This book, like its predecessor, includes an unprecedented mix of common sense and sophisticated technique. A fantastic guide to the 'nuts and bolts' of hedge fundanalysis and a 'must' for every serious investor." -Barbara Rupf Bee, Head of Alternative FundInvestment Group, HSBC Private Bank, Switzerland"An excellent book, providing deep insights into the complex quantitative analysis of hedge funds inthe most lucid and intuitive manner. A must-have supplement to Lhabitant's first book dealing withthe mystical and fascinating world of hedge funds. Highly recommended!" -Vikas Agarwal, AssistantProfessor of Finance, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University"Lhabitant has done it again! Whereas most books on hedge funds are nothing more than glorifiedmarketing brochures, Lhabitant's new book tells it how it is in reality. Accessible andunderstandable but at the same time thorough and critical." -Harry M. Kat, Ph.D., Professor of RiskManagement and Director Alternative Investment Research Centre, Cass Business School, CityUniversity"Lhabitant's latest work on hedge funds yet again delivers on some ambitious promises.Successfully bridging theory and practice in a highly accessible manner, those searching for athorough yet unintimidating introduction to the quantitative methods of hedge fund analysis will notbe disappointed." -Christopher L. Culp, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Finance, Graduate School of Business, The University of Chicago and Principal, Chicago Partners LLCContents:Foreword by Mark Anson.Introduction.Acknowledgments.PART I: MEASURING RETURN AND RISK.1 Characteristics of Hedge Funds.1.1 What are hedge funds?1.2 Investment styles.1.2.1 The tactical trading investment style.
1.2.2 The equity long/short style.1.2.3 The event-driven style.1.2.4 The relative value arbitrage style.1.2.5 Funds of funds and multi-strategy funds.1.3 The current state of the hedge fund industry.2 Measuring Return.2.1 The difficulties of obtaining information.2.2 Equalization, crystallization and multiple share classes.2.2.1 The inequitable allocation of incentive fees.2.2.2 The free ride syndrome.2.2.3 Onshore versus offshore funds.2.2.4 The multiple share approach.2.2.5 The equalization factor/depreciation deposit approach.2.2.6 Simple equalization.2.2.7 Consequences for performance calculation.2.3 Measuring returns.2.3.1 The holding period return.2.3.2 Annualizing.2.3.3 Multiple hedge fund aggregation.2.3.4 Continuous compounding.3 Return and Risk Statistics.3.1 Calculating return statistics.3.1.1 Central tendency statistics.3.1.2 Gains versus losses.3.2 Measuring risk.3.2.1 What is risk?3.2.2 Range, quartiles and percentiles.3.2.3 Variance and volatility (standard deviation).3.2.4 Some technical remarks on measuring historical volatility/variance.3.2.5 Back to histograms, return distributions and z-scores.3.3 Downside risk measures.3.3.1 From volatility to downside risk.
3.3.2 Semi-variance and semi-deviation.3.3.3 The shortfall risk measures.3.3.4 Value at risk.3.3.5 Drawdown statistics.3.4 Benchmark-related statistics.3.4.1 Intuitive benchmark-related statistics.3.4.2 Beta and market risk.3.4.3 Tracking error.4 Risk-Adjusted Performance Measures.4.1 The Sharpe ratio.4.1.1 Definition and interpretation.4.1.2 The Sharpe ratio as a long/short position.4.1.3 The statistics of Sharpe ratios.4.2 The Treynor ratio and Jensen alpha.4.2.1 The CAPM.4.2.2 The market model.4.2.3 The Jensen alpha.4.2.4 The Treynor ratio.4.2.5 Statistical significance.4.2.6 Comparing Sharpe, Treynor and Jensen.4.2.7 Generalizing the Jensen alpha and the Treynor ratio.4.3 M2, M3 and Graham–Harvey.4.3.1 The M2 performance measure.4.3.2 GH1 and GH2.4.4 Performance measures based on downside risk.4.4.1 The Sortino ratio.4.4.2 The upside potential ratio.4.4.3 The Sterling and Burke ratios.4.4.4 Return on VaR (RoVaR).4.5 Conclusions.5 Databases, Indices and Benchmarks.

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