Practical analysis for investment professionals

Performance Measurement & Evaluation


Real Returns: The Importance of Considering After-Tax Investment Results (Video)

Many investors don't consider the tremendous impact that taxes can have on their investment performance.

Investing in Currencies: The Problem with Benchmarks

Prasad Ramani, CFA, discusses why benchmarking is one of the most important and oft-discussed topics in asset managment.

Sculpting Investment Portfolios: Maximum Drawdown and Optimal Portfolio Strategy

The fundamental aim of any portfolio construction methodology is to deliver optimal risk-adjusted performance.

Eric Bennett’s Top 10 Manager Search and Selection Tips

Eric Bennett, CFA, chairman and CEO of Tolleson Private Wealth Management, shares his top 10 tips for manager search and selection.

How Many of Our Successes and Failures Should Be Attributed to Luck?

How many stock pickers who outperform this year will beat a dart board next year? The answer depends upon whether luck or skill had more to do with their results.

Fact File: S&P 500 Sigma Events

A seemingly endless battle is waged between believers in the efficient market hypothesis, such as Eugene Fama, and believers in behavioral finance, such as Daniel Kahneman. Regardless of your perspective, an analysis of the S&P 500’s history of sigma events provides an interesting field for the battle to be waged.

Lie Detection for Investment Professionals: A Summary of Lying and Deceit Behaviors

Jason Voss, CFA, provides a summary of the major research about lying and deceit behaviors, including a brief overview of dozens of research papers.

Performance Measurement: The What, Why, and How of the Investment Management Process

According to Carl Bacon, CIPM, chairman of StatPro, active investment managers must understand the “what, why, and how” of their past performance in order to effectively manage their current clients’ portfolios.

Take 15: Trends in Investment Reporting and Challenges in Performance Reporting to Private Wealth Clients

This Take 15 interview with James M. Edmonds, CFA, sheds light on the intricacies and challenges of performance reporting for high-net-worth investors and financial advisers. Mr. Edmonds also discusses the GIPS standards for firms managing private wealth clients and the appropriate benchmarks.

Take 15 Series: Selecting and Implementing a Fixed-Income Attribution System

Performance attribution has become a standard requirement for institutional clients. This episode discusses practical issues selecting and implementing a fixed-income attribution system. The method requires a great deal of data and high-quality data management systems, but it could be the basis for a standard method of performance attribution in the fixed-income market.



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