Sharpe Ratio: International Evidence

17 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2016 Last revised: 1 May 2023

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Javier Vidal-García

Harvard University; Complutense University of Madrid

Marta Vidal

Universidad Europea de Madrid; Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

Date Written: April 15, 2023


There is no overall consensus about which measure is the most suitable for evaluating portfolios’ performance. Despite being affected by some of the statistical characteristics of returns, Sharpe ratio is the most widely used measure for portfolio performance evaluation. Thus, the other measures such as Treynor ratio or Modigliani and Modigliani (M2) are considered as alternatives to the Sharpe ratio. Using daily and monthly returns, our study confirms that these measures provide comparable results across countries, even examining the relative performance of mutual funds to a benchmark using the M2 approach. We obtain the same performance ranking regardless of the measure employed.

Keywords: Mutual Fund; Performance Measurement; Sharpe Ratio; Treynor Ratio

JEL Classification: G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Vidal-García, Javier and Vidal-García, Javier and Vidal, Marta, Sharpe Ratio: International Evidence (April 15, 2023). Available at SSRN: or

Javier Vidal-García (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Complutense University of Madrid ( email )

School of Business Administration
Somosaguas Campus
Madrid, Madrid 28223

Marta Vidal

Universidad Europea de Madrid ( email )

Villaviciosa de Odón
Madrid, 28670

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) ( email )

Somosaguas Campus
Madrid, 28223

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