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The Benchmark's Benchmark: Measuring the Performance of a Manager's Long-Term Strategy

When investment managers construct strategy benchmarks and manage their portfolios against them, they are making an implicit bet that some subset of the broader investment universe will produce better risk and return characteristics than a similar published index over the long term. Despite the long-term focus of this decision, it is nonetheless active in nature. Strategy benchmark performance should thus be evaluated as a source of manager value-added.

Author(s) :

David E. Kuenzi

Summary :

When investment managers construct strategy benchmarks and manage their portfolios against them, they are making an implicit bet that some subset of the broader investment universe will produce better risk and return characteristics than a similar published index over the long term. Despite the long-term focus of this decision, it is nonetheless active in nature. Strategy benchmark performance should thus be evaluated as a source of manager value-added.

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Type : Working paper
Date : 17/10/2003
Keywords :

Performance