Testing Equality of Modified Sharpe Ratios

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David Ardia

HEC Montreal - Department of Decision Sciences

Kris Boudt

Ghent University; Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Date Written: February 1, 2015


The modified Sharpe ratio is commonly used to evaluate the risk-adjusted performance of an investment with non-normal returns, such as hedge funds. In this note, a test for equality of modified Sharpe ratios of two investments is developed. A simulation study demonstrates the good size and power properties of the test. An application illustrates the complementarity between the Sharpe ratio and modified Sharpe ratio test for performance testing on hedge fund return data.

Keywords: bootstrap test, hedge fund, modified Sharpe ratio, non-normal returns, performance measurement

JEL Classification: C12, C22, C52

Suggested Citation

Ardia, David and Boudt, Kris, Testing Equality of Modified Sharpe Ratios (February 1, 2015). Finance Research Letters, Vol.13, pp. 97-104, May 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2516591 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2516591

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