The Assessment and Selection of Hedge Funds

Joaquín López Pascual.(2015).  Chapter 10. "The Assessment and Selection of Hedge Funds", in Advanced Business Analytics. Ed. Springer, pp 195-210.
 
 
The following Chapter intends to be a small guide to investing in hedge funds or a guide to take into account when trying to understand the complexities of investing in hedge funds. We aim to give a general overview of the field of alternative investments and to introduce its complexities, because investing in hedge funds is not at all a very simple task.
In this Chapter, we assess the challenges of analysing and selecting hedge funds. Alternative investment vehicles have taken an important role not only in the diversification of portfolios but also as standalone investments. Capturing the entire risk dimensions implied in hedge fund investment strategies is paramount in understanding alternative investments. We also analyse the problem of the lack of benchmarks. Should the performance of a hedge fund follow a benchmark? As absolute return vehicles, alternative investment organizations should not be benchmarked. However, investors need to compare returns with other assets in order to properly assess the cost of opportunity implied in hedge fund investing. We consider also benchmarking among peers as a new and latest strategy. 

Restructuring bank networks after mergers and acquisitions: A capacitated delocation model for closing and resizing branches

Joaquín López Pascual, Diego Ruiz-Hernández, David Delgado-Gómez (2014) have collaborated on a new research article. "Restructuring bank networks after mergers and acquisitions: A capacitated delocation model for closing and resizing branches" in "Computers & Operations Research". 
 
 
During restructuring processes, due to mergers and acquisitions, banks frequently face the problem of having redundant branches competing in the same market. In this work, we introduce a new Capacitated Branch Restructuring Model which extends the available literature in delocation models. It considers both closing down and long term operations? costs, and addresses the problem of resizing open branches in order to maintain a constant service level. We consider, as well, the presence of competitors and allow for ceding market share whenever the restructuring costs are prohibitively expensive.
 
We test our model in a real life scenario, obtaining a reduction of about 40% of the network size, and annual savings over 45% in operation costs from the second year on. We finally perform a sensitivity analysis on critical parameters. This analysis shows that the final design of the network depends on certain strategic decisions concerning the redundancy of the branches, as well as their proximity to the demand nodes and to the competitor?s branches. At the same time, this design is quite robust to changes in the parameters associated with the adjustments on service capacity and with the market reaction.

The Investment in Hedge Funds as an Alternative Investment

Joaquín López Pascual (2013) Chapter 8, "The Investment in Hedge Funds as an Alternative Investment" in  Engineering Management. Ed Intech, pp 167-180.

One of the most relevant industries of the modern financial management is the investment in hedge funds. The hedge fund industry is a heterogeneous group. One way to classify hedge funds is according to the investment strategy used, each offering a different degree of return and risk. Their historical return distributions provide with key information in order to understand the strategies behaviour.


Analysing hedge fund strategies through the use of an option based approach

Joaquín López Pascual and Santiago Camarero have collaborated on a new research article. (2013), "Analysing hedge fund strategies through the use of an option based approach", Spanish journal of finance and accounting, nº 158, April-June.

"High level of interest has been concentrated on the hedge fund industry as a  paradign of alternative investments, however the hedge fund industry is a heterogeneous group. One way to classify hedge funds is according to the investment strategy used, each offering a different degree of return and risk. Their historical return distributions and show that traditional mean variance based methods are not an appropriate approach for studying them due to their non normality, tendency to overestimate efficiency and for not taking in consideration the economic cycle. We will show that assimilating the strategies historical returns to options pay-offs we can get, through a low intensive trading, very similar long term returns and more efficient return distributions. These results will enable us to analyse whether, current hedge funds fee structures are justified by superior risk reward performance".


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