Tag Archives: selection skill

A Peril of Hedge Fund Allocation: Investing Too Little

Following the news of CalPERS’ termination of its ARS program and at the request of Risk Magazine, we looked at the relationship between scale, selection and impact on total portfolio returns that hedge fund allocations can possibly have at large pensions. To perform this study, we base our hypothetical pension portfolio off of CalPERS’ portfolio. […]

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Bond Emerging Markets Global

Emerging Markets Global Bond funds’ performances range from -11.25% to 15% over the last 52 weeks (ending July 1, 2011), in EUR terms. On average, the best 5% of the funds outperform the market (pegged to the JP Morgan EMBI Global Diversified Index) by approximately 15.08% and the worst 5% underperform by approximately 6.26%. The […]

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USD Bonds

USA Bond funds’ performance ranges from -1.27% to 31.36% over the last 52 weeks (ending May 27, 2011), in USD terms. On average, the best 5% of the funds outperform the market (pegged to the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Total Return Index) by approximately 7.92% and the worst 5% underperform by approximately 5.03%. The […]

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Global Equity

Global Equity funds’ performance ranges from -25.83% to slightly over 89% over the last 52 weeks (ending December 31, 2010), in EUR terms. The best 5% of the funds outperform the market (pegged to the MSCI World TR Index) by 12.6% and the worst 5% underperform by approximately 25%.What role do favourable style allocations play? […]

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Style Primer

In the late 1980’s Nobel Laureate William F. Sharpe introduced an analytical process for determining the composition of an investment portfolio solely based on knowing the performance history of the portfolio. The result of the analysis was expressed in terms of an “effective mix” – a combination of market indices whose return most closely approximated […]

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