Morgan Stanley Strategist Wonders Where The Alpha’s Gone?

Nov 21 2011 | 12:03pm ET

Morgan Stanley strategist Adam Parker says hedge funds are not producing the “alpha”—returns above and beyond what the market is generating—they promise.

Parker’s research, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, shows the correlation between hedge fund returns and the S&P 500 has risen to nearly 100% in recent years. Worse still, where there is a gap between hedge fund returns and pure market returns, it might not be in investors’ favor—the annualized excess hedge-fund return for the past five years has turned negative.

Parker says the current, highly correlated market makes it difficult to pick stocks well, which inhibits the alpha-generating abilities of many hedge funds. Moreover, some funds have produced outsized returns, the WSJ says the averages are “no doubt being dragged down by the truly horrible hedge funds out there.”


In Depth

Q&A: TCA Fund Management's Bob Press on Small-Cap Private Equity

Aug 25 2016 | 8:55pm ET

The emergence of private credit as a replacement for traditional bank financing...

Lifestyle

Kiawah: Island Reversal

Aug 24 2016 | 9:59pm ET

Looking for real estate investments but the typical real estate fare isn’t cutting...

Guest Contributor

Old Hill Partners: Embrace Illiquidity

Aug 9 2016 | 2:39pm ET

The age-old financial concept that higher yields are the result of higher risk and...