A Model of Emulation Funds
47 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 12, 2013
Emulation funds are a potentially cost-effective way for multi-manager funds to improve their investment performance by delaying and netting trade signals from underlying managers. We develop a model to represent the expected sources of differential performance in an emulation fund relative to its underlying multi-manager portfolio. The model formalises the expected interaction between potential savings and opportunity costs, and allows us to observe complexities in the emulation process that are hidden without a benchmark. Finally, the functional representation of the model allows sensitivity analysis of the emulation fund to key parameters, and enables us to determine theoretically optimal lag periods.
Keywords: multi-manager, fund-of-funds, transaction costs, emulation funds
JEL Classification: G23
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