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Reward for failure and executive compensation in institutional investors

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  • Loyola, Gino
  • Portilla, Yolanda

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We propose a model of delegated portfolio management specialized in alternative investments, i.e., those with a high-return and high-risk profile. It is shown that in this context, as a reward for risk-taking scheme is optimal, a counter-intuitive reward for failure can also be desirable. This property emerges because it can be optimal to compensate extreme returns (even low ones) to encouraging managers to shape highly innovative portfolios. It is argued that this structure resembles compensation practices questioned in the context of the last financial crisis, such as golden parachutes and golden coffins. Implementation via equity and bonuses is also analyzed.

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  • Loyola, Gino & Portilla, Yolanda, 2014. "Reward for failure and executive compensation in institutional investors," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 349-361.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:11:y:2014:i:4:p:349-361
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2014.09.001
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    1. Jiang, Yi, 2017. "Managerial incentives in the presence of golden handshakes," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 20(C), pages 177-183.
    2. Cumming, Douglas & Schwienbacher, Armin & Zhan, Feng, 2015. "The scope of international mutual fund outsourcing: Fees, performance and risks," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 185-199.

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    Keywords

    D86; G11; G20; G30; J33; M52; Executive compensation; Portfolio management; Corporate governance; Golden parachutes; Non-monotone likelihood ratio property;

    JEL classification:

    • D86 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Economics of Contract Law
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
    • M52 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Compensation and Compensation Methods and Their Effects

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