Benchmarking Money Manager Performance: Issues and Evidence
Posted: 8 Dec 2009
Date Written: November 2009
Academic and practitioner research evaluates portfolio performance using size and value/growth attributes or factors. We assess the merits of popular evaluation procedures based on matched-characteristic benchmark portfolios or time-series return regressions by applying them to a sample of active money managers and passive indexes. Estimated abnormal returns display large variation across approaches. The benchmarks typically used in academic research-attribute-matched portfolios from independent sorts, the three-factor time-series model, and cross-sectional regressions of returns on stock characteristics-track returns poorly. Some simple alterations improve the performance of these methods.
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, G23
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