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UNIVERSITÀ DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
A Mendrisio (Svizzera)

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Evaluation of students:
Finalgrade = 1/3 participation grade + 2/3 exam
The exam is 1h30min. It emphasizes both quantitative analysis and qualitative aspects of portfolio management covered in class.

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Evaluation of students:
Finalgrade = 1/3 participation grade + 2/3 exam
The exam is 1h30min. It emphasizes both quantitative analysis and qualitative aspects of portfolio management covered in class.

Tentative Outline:

Part 1: The hedge Fund Industry in Practice

Day 1: The demand for hedge funds

Morning: Tools for performance analysis

  • Lecture:
    • Performance Analysis: what are allocators looking for?
    • Absolute Returns, Alpha, Beta, VaR, Maximum drawdawn
    • How to evaluate a track-record.
    • Industry landscape: Different investment styles and sources of value creation
  • Practice Exercises

Afternoon: Hedging

Case on hedging: Pine Street Capital

  • Lecture:
    • A critical look at the hedge fund industry:
    • An industry in disarray?
    • Incentives
    • 3 Major Critiques
    • Recap: How to critically evaluate a hedge fund?

Day 2: Implementing trading ideas

Morning:

  • "Micro-trade" Case: The Nikkei 225 Reconstitution
  • Lecture: Role of various service providers: prime-broker, legal, administrator etc.
  • An insider look at Quantitative strategies: some typical anomalies (behavioral finance)

Afternoon: Examples of "macro-trades":

  • Case: A Tale of Two Hedge Funds: Magnetar and Peloton
  • Conclusion: discussion on structured products, correlation risk, the subprime crisis

Part 2: Extreme risk and the "limits of arbitrage"

Key takeaways:

  • to evaluate value creation in hedge funds, you need to understand market misvaluation.
  • arbitrage is never risk free; worse, it contains exposure to extreme risk.

Day 1: Event-Driven strategies

We will first discuss two well known strategies related to corporate event.
Understanding value-creation and risk requires a clear understanding of corporate finance issues.

Morning:
Lecture: capital structure refresher, distress investing.
Case: "H partners and Six Flags"

Afternoon:
Lecture: M&A refrecher; risk arbitrage
Case: Farallon Partners

Day 2: When arbitrage can go wrong

We discuss here the classic arbitrage strategies and their extreme risk features. This is illustrated by the LTCM case, a case that every money manager must understand well.

Morning:
Lecture: classical trades and their extreme risk features
Practice Problems.

Afternoon:
Case: the collapse of LTCM, High tech arbitrage going wrong

References:
Cochrane, J., Efficient Markets Today, University of Chicago, mimeo, Nov 2007.
Grinold, Richard C. and Ronald N. Kahn, Active Portfolio Management: A Quantitative Approach for Producing Superior Returns and Controlling Risk, McGraw-Hill; 2 edition, 1999.
Fung, W., and D. Hsieh, Hedge Fund Benchmarks: A Risk Based Approach, Financial Analyst Journal, 60 (2004), 65-80.
L'habitant, F-S., Hedge Funds: Quantitative Insights, Wiley, 2004.
Khandani, A., and A. Lo, What Happened to the Quants in August 2007?, MIT working paper, Nov 2007
Lo, Andrew W.,Risk Management for Hedge Funds: Introduction and Overview. Financial Analysts Journal, Vol. 57, No. 6, November/December 2001


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