Sensation seeking and hedge funds

Stephen Brown, Yan Lu, Sugata Ray, Melvyn Teo

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We show that, motivated by sensation seeking, hedge fund managers who own powerful sports cars take on more investment risk but do not deliver higher returns, resulting in lower Sharpe ratios, information ratios, and alphas. Moreover, sensation-seeking managers trade more frequently, actively, and unconventionally, and prefer lottery-like stocks. We show further that some investors are themselves susceptible to sensation seeking and that sensation-seeking investors fuel the demand for sensation-seeking managers. While investors perceive sensation seekers to be less competent, they do not fully appreciate the superior investment skills of sensation-avoiding fund managers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2871-2914
Number of pages44
JournalJournal of Finance
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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