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Tracking Error and Active Portfolio Management

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Persistent bear market conditions have led to a shift of focus in the tracking error literature. Until recently the portfolio allocation literature focused on tracking error minimization as a consequence of passive benckmark management under portfolio weights, transaction costs and short selling constraints. Abysmal benchmark performance shifted the literature's focus towards active portfolio strategies that aim at beating the benchmark while keeping tracking error within acceptable bounds. We investigate an active (dynamic) portfolio allocation strategy that exploits the predictability in the conditional variance-covariance matrix of asset returns. To illustrate our procedure we use Jorion's (2002) tracking error frontier methodology. We apply our model to a representative portfolio of Australian stocks over the period January 1999 through November 2002.

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  • Nadima El-Hassan & Paul Kofman, 2003. "Tracking Error and Active Portfolio Management," Research Paper Series 98, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
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    1. Luca Riccetti, 2012. "Using tracking error volatility to check active management and fee level of investment funds," Global Business and Economics Review, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 14(3), pages 139-158.
    2. Giuseppe Galloppo, 2010. "A Comparison Of Pre And Post Modern Portfolio Theory Using Resampling," Global Journal of Business Research, The Institute for Business and Finance Research, vol. 4(1), pages 1-16.
    3. Palomba, Giulio & Riccetti, Luca, 2012. "Portfolio frontiers with restrictions to tracking error volatility and value at risk," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(9), pages 2604-2615.
    4. Mourad Mroua & Fathi Abid, 2014. "Portfolio revision and optimal diversification strategy choices," International Journal of Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 10(4), pages 537-564, August.
    5. Stephen Lee & Giacomo Morri, 2015. "Real estate fund active management," Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 33(6), pages 494-516, September.
    6. Luca RICCETTI, 2010. "Minimum Tracking Error Volatility," Working Papers 340, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.

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