Systemic Risk Centre Seminar

Date: Monday, 31st October 2022   
Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm GMT 
Speaker: Pingle Wang (University of Texas at Dallas)
Seminar title: Unmasking mutual fund derivative use

Abstract: Using new SEC data, we study how funds use derivatives and how derivatives contribute to performance. Despite small portfolio weights, derivatives significantly impact funds' leverage and contribute largely to returns. Contrary to prior research concluding derivatives are used for hedging, we find most derivative users buy index derivatives to amplify market exposure. Surprisingly, they underperform nonusers yet receive more flows. Using COVID-19 pandemic as a shock to evaluate explanations, we find they suffered a double whammy: failed to outperform nonusers by suffering losses from long derivative positions during the crash and from newly opened short positions when markets unexpectedly rebounded.

This event is provided online only. It is a public event, free and open to all but pre-registration is required. Registrations made after the start of the event may not be approved.