Risk management in student-managed funds

J. Christopher Hughen (Reiman School of Finance, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA)
Peter P. Lung (Reiman School of Finance, University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Publication date: 5 September 2018

Abstract

Purpose

Student-managed investment funds typically pursue “plain vanilla” objectives. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the value of adding option strategies to reduce the risk of equity positions around earnings announcements. The collar strategy is one such technique with the advantages of a low net cost and limited potential losses.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors provide recommendations for utilizing the collar strategy around earnings announcements. The authors also discuss how the value of this strategy is related to the literature on option pricing and earnings announcement returns.

Findings

Risk management strategies can enhance the pedagogical value of student-managed investment funds. The authors document how students have successfully utilized the collar strategy to immunize risk.

Originality/value

The collar strategy can enhance the pedagogical value of student-managed investment classes in several ways. First, students learn how to implement risk reduction strategies. Second, the proper implementation of these strategies requires students to learn the complex mechanisms associated with corporate earnings dissemination and analyst coverage. This also provides an opportunity to study earnings drift, which is a persistent and economically significant financial anomaly.

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Citation

Hughen, J. and Lung, P. (2018), "Risk management in student-managed funds", Managerial Finance, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/MF-05-2018-0198

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