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Do Alpha Males Deliver Alpha? Facial Width-to-Height Ratio and Hedge Funds.

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  • Lu, Yan1 (AUTHOR)
    Teo, Melvyn2 (AUTHOR)
  • Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis. Aug2022, Vol. 57 Issue 5, p1727-1770. 44p.
  • An abundance of evidence relates facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) to masculine behaviors in males. We show that hedge funds operated by high-fWHR managers underperform those operated by low-fWHR managers, bear greater downside risk, are more susceptible to fire sales, and fail more often. High-fWHR managers compensate for their underperformance by marketing their funds more aggressively, thereby garnering higher flows and fee revenues. By exploiting major personal events that shape testosterone, namely marriage and fatherhood, we trace the biological mechanism underlying the relation between fWHR and investment performance to circulating testosterone. Our findings are robust and extend to equity mutual funds. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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