Recent academic research using confidential regulatory data finds that the hedge fund industry is much larger than commercial datasets suggest. In addition, “non-reporting” funds are larger, better performing, and have lower risk than “reporting” funds.
In response to the challenges this non-reporting bias presents to conducting objective unbiased analysis of the hedge fund industry, PivotalPath and the Institute for Private Capital have formed a partnership to address shortcomings of commercial datasets.
This analysis discusses how PivotalPath’s data provides coverage of many non-reporting funds that are otherwise unobserved in commercial databases. IPC examines activist funds as a specific example and quantify differences in size, return, and risk and show the differences correct biases consistent with those reported in prior research.