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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 December, 2013 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Leverage/Derivatives
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    Do the GIPS standards include an example of how to value a portfolio that employs a market neutral strategy? Please provide an example for how to calculate a return for a portfolio that employs a market neutral strategy.

    A client provided a hedge fund manager with capital of $100 at the beginning of the first month. The hedge fund manager deposited $100 with a prime broker and constructed positions of $100 long stocks and $100 short stocks. At the end of the first month, values of long stocks and short stocks are $109 and $107, respectively. The fund manager received interests of $0.30 (annual rate of 3.6%) from the prime broker. The value of the total portfolio changes from $100 (= $100 + $100 – $100) to $102.30 (= $100 + $109 – $107 + $0.30) and there are no external cash flows for the period.

    R = (102.3 – 100) / 100 = 2.3%

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