Monday, July 23, 2007

Index Universe: Hedge Fund Index Debacle

Good discussion of the problem of hedge fund indexes and their "numbers". Failures such as the most recent, not including the Bear Stearns funds' numbers, which were sort of, well, you know, hard to put together, is not the the only problem. The author, Matthew Hougan suggests that even when there is no gross breakdown in such an index, the performance numbers are not going to be exactly "real-time" in nature, but have something of a "serial correlation" issue. As my daughter might perhaps say, "Ewww".

Breaking News - Hedge Fund Index Debacle

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