New Measures for Performance Evaluation

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Alexander S. Cherny

Moscow State University

Dilip B. Madan

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

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Date Written: January 1, 2007


This paper characterizes performance measures satisfying a set of proposed axioms. We develop four new measures consistent with the axioms and show that they improve on the economic properties of the Sharpe Ratio and the Gain-Loss Ratio. In our treatment, the performance measures, or the indices of acceptability, are linked to positive expectations resulting from a stressed sampling of the cash flow distribution. Theoretically, it is shown that the level of acceptability varies directly with the amount of stress tolerated.

In an empirical application, the performance measures are applied to cash flows generated by writing options on the SPX and the FTSE. This exercise reveals that acceptability levels are $U$-shaped in the strike direction.

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14

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Cherny, Alexander S. and Madan, Dilip B., New Measures for Performance Evaluation (January 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Alexander S. Cherny (Contact Author)

Moscow State University ( email )

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Dilip B. Madan

University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business ( email )

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