A More Informative Measure of Active Fund Performance
23 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2011
Date Written: March 2, 2011
This paper presents a new measure of active fund performance that evaluates funds in a manner which is aligned with what investors seek to optimize: utility. Unlike the information ratio, which is currently one of the most popular metrics of performance used by practitioners, my measure assumes a concave utility function and incorporates one’s aversion to risk. I convey the importance of these improvements through comparative static analysis. Finally, using a sample of mutual funds I also find that the information ratio is only weakly robust to my measure.
Keywords: Information Ratio, Utility Theory
JEL Classification: G19, G29
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