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A Time to Scatter Stones, and a Time to Gather Them: Annual Cycle in Hedge Fund Risk Taking

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>30/11/2018
<mark>Journal</mark>The Financial Review
Issue number4
Number of pages36
Pages (from-to)669-704
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date2/10/18
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Analyzing a sample of hedge fund daily returns from Bloomberg, we find a seasonal pattern in their risk taking. During earlier months of a year, poorly performing funds reduce risk. The reduction is stronger for funds with higher management fees, shorter redemption periods, and recently deteriorating performance, consistent with a managerial aversion to early fund liquidation. Toward the end of a year, poorly performing funds gamble for resurrection by increasing risk. It is largely achieved by increasing exposure to market factors, and can be linked to stronger indirect managerial incentives during the second half of a year.