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Portfolio Performance Measurement: a No Arbitrage Bounds Approach

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  • Dong-Hyun Ahn
  • H. Henry Cao
  • Stéphane Chrétien

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"This paper presents a new method to examine the performance evaluation of mutual funds in incomplete markets. Based on the no arbitrage condition, we develop bounds on admissible performance measures. We suggest new ways of ranking mutual funds and provide a diagnostic instrument for evaluating the admissibility of candidate performance measures. Using a monthly sample of 320 equity funds, we show that admissible performance values can vary widely, supporting the casual observation that investors disagree on the evaluation of mutual funds. In particular, we cannot rule out that more than 80% of the mutual funds are given positive values by some investors. Moreover, we empirically demonstrate that potential inference errors embedded in existing parametric performance measures can be of important magnitude." Copyright (c) 2009 The Authors Journal compilation (c) 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by European Financial Management Association in its journal European Financial Management.

Volume (Year): 15 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 298-339

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Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:15:y:2009:i:2:p:298-339

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  1. Fletcher, Jonathan, 2014. "Benchmark models of expected returns in U.K. portfolio performance: An empirical investigation," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 30-46.
  2. Jonathan Fletcher & Andrew Marshall, 2014. "Investor Heterogeneity and the Cross-section of U.K. Investment Trust Performance," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 45(1), pages 67-89, February.

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