It is imperative that portfolio managers’ performance be periodically assessed. This is necessary to determine whether to make management changes if the portfolio is failing to meet its goals and/or the money managers are not performing in line with their peers.
Performance is measured by calculating the return for portfolios over a specified period of time. Performance evaluation explores whether the manager outperformed the set benchmark (also known as the standard) and how the manager achieved portfolio returns.
Three single-index methods calculate money managers’ performance:
- Measures extra return per unit of risk.
- Measures extra return in relation to variability.
- Utilizes a special asset pricing model.
Return attribution analysis is the method used to figure out the decisions made by the manager that led to the returns achieved.
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