Asset Pricing and Extreme Event Risk: Common Factors in ILS Fund Returns
Semir Ben Ammar (),
Alexander Braun () and
Martin Eling ()
No 1621, Working Papers on Finance from University of St. Gallen, School of Finance
The returns of investment funds specializing in insurance-linked securities (ILS) exhibit a unique behavior. We introduce a new peril-based factor model, which explains the time-series and cross-sectional return variation. Despite a strong overall fit, we are left with significantly positive alphas for about one quarter of the funds, some of which can be attributed to beta exposures associated with non-cat-bond ILS. In addition, they are related to fund size, fund age, and performance fees. Although we do not find evidence for market timing abilities, we can rule out pure luck as the source of outperformance by controlling for false discoveries.
Keywords: Insurance-Linked Securities; Investment Funds; Factor Model; Catastrophe Bonds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G13 G22 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
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