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Rothstein Kass study confirms 2013 findings that women hedge fund managers outperform male counterparts

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

The latest Rothstein Kass study showed that women hedge fund managers again outperformed their male counterparts for two consecutive years now, according to several media reports.

ValueWalk says the Rothstein Kass Women in Alternative Investments (WAI) Hedge Fund Index has generated better returns compared to the S&P 500 and the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index since 2007.

A separate report by Reuters claims that hedge funds run by women generated 9.8% gains from January 1, 2013 through the end of November, compared to the HRRX Global Hedge Fund Index which gained only 6.13% during the same period.

The study also showed that from January 2007 through June 2013, hedge fund run by women returned an average of 6% compared to HFRX Global Fund Index which reported an average of 1.1% loss while the S&P 500 index reported a gain of 4.2% in the same period.

Rothstein Kass director Meredith Jones commented on their findings that "there have been studies that show that testosterone can make men less sensitive to risk-reward signals, and that comes through in this study."

She added that the results could also give the impression that women are better investors compared to their male counterparts. ......................

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