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Benchmarking Money Manager Performance: Issues and Evidence

Josef Lakonishok, Louis Chan, Stephen G. Dimmock

NBER Working Paper No. 12461
Issued in August 2006
NBER Program(s):   AP

Academic and practitioner research yields a proliferation of methods using size and value/growth attributes or factors to evaluate portfolio performance. We assess the relative merits of several of the most widely-used procedures, including variants of matched-characteristic benchmark portfolios and time-series return regressions, by applying them to a sample of active money managers and passive indexes. Estimated abnormal returns display large variation across approaches. The benchmarks most widely used in academic research --- attribute-matched portfolios from independent sorts, the conventional three-factor time series model, and cross-sectional regressions of returns on stock characteristics --- have poor ability to track returns. Simple alterations are provided that improve the performance of the methods.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w12461

Published: Louis K. C. Chan & Stephen G. Dimmock & Josef Lakonishok, 2009. "Benchmarking Money Manager Performance: Issues and Evidence," Review of Financial Studies, Oxford University Press for Society for Financial Studies, vol. 22(11), pages 4553-4599, November.

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