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Hat tip Bianco Research
The chart above raises a very interesting question: Why are hedge funds underperforming this year? In general, the answer would involve costly fees, and no Alpha creation — but what is it about this year that is so problematic?
A few theories have been trotted out:
• Excess Correlation
• Lack of clear trend
• Federal Reserve Intervention
I doubt any of these are the answer — I think there are two primary possibilities:
1) Managers have been excessively timid this year. (I am not sure why given Fed guarantees of ongoing liquidity).
2) Nassim Taleb’s suggestion that the Alpha that most managers create is the result of dumb luck, and not skill.
Between those two possibilities, I am leaning towards Taleb’s explanation . . .
Friends and colleagues who run hedge funds all understand I am not referring to them.
Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor implied. If you could repeat previously discredited memes or steer the conversation into irrelevant, off topic discussions, it would be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous.