Conditional Performance Measurement Using Portfolio Weights: Evidence for Pension Funds
Wayne Ferson, Kenneth Khang
NBER Working Paper No. 8790
This paper combines the use of portfolio holdings data and conditioning information to create a new performance measure. Our conditional weight-based measure has several advantages. Using conditioning information avoids biases in weight-based measures as discussed by Grinblatt and Titman (1993). When conditioning information is used, returns-based measures face a bias if managers can trade between observation dates. The new measures avoid this interim trading bias. We use the new measures to provide fresh insights about performance in a sample of U.S. equity pension fund managers.
Published: Ferson, Wayne and Kenneth Khang. "Conditional Performance Measurement Using Portfolio Weights: Evidence For Pension Funds," Journal of Financial Economics, 2002, v65(2,Aug), 249-282.