Tracking Error- Assessing Index Fund Performance
The Journal of Investment Consulting, Vol. 2, No. 1, Nov. 1999
Posted: 21 Sep 1999
As the dollars being indexed grows close to $1 trillion and management becomes more sophisticated, institutional investors are demanding tighter tracking to the index especially with S&P 500 Index Funds.
In our report from the Kentucky State Auditors Office we concluded that a thirty basis point tracking error in a $3 billion S&P 500 index fund; the net result of which is an estimated $7.89 million a year was not acceptable. We also recommended that funds should seek external management of its S&P 500 index fund if internal management cannot reduce tracking errors below that achievable by a compensated external manager.
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JEL Classification: G14
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