Date of Award
Bachelor of Science
Ying Wang, Ph.D.
Hedge fund-like strategies in mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have grown in popularity in the recent decade. This paper examines the value alternative strategies add for retail investors by comparing the performance of alternative ETFs and alternative mutual funds. Using a set of 50 ETFs and 324 mutual funds that offer alternative strategies (such as long/short equity and market neutral from Morningstar Direct) from November 2009 – December 2017. This study finds that alternative mutual funds do not outperform alternative ETFs on a gross return or a net return basis. Several factors have a significant impact on the return of alternative mutual funds and alternative ETFs. Investors should be aware of the differences between mutual funds and ETFs to decide which better suits their investing style.
De Santis, Joseph, "Hedge-Fund-Like Strategies for Retail Investors: Alternative Mutual Funds vs. Alternative ETFs" (2019). Financial Analyst. 15.