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Risk Management with Benchmarking

Authors: Basak, Suleyman
Shapiro, Alex
Tepla, Lucie
Issue Date: Oct-2001
Series/Report no.: S-DRP-01-15
Abstract: Portfolio theory must address the fact that in reality, portfolio managers are evaluated relative to a benchmark, and therefore adopt risk management practices to account for the benchmark performance. We capture this risk management consideration by allowing a prespecified shortfall from a target benchmark-linked return, consistent with growing interest in such practice. In a dynamic setting, we demonstrate how a risk averse portfolio manager optimally under- or overperforms a target benchmark under different economic conditions, depending on his attitude towards risk and choice of the benchmark. Investors can therefore achieve their desired gain/loss characteristics for funds under management through an appropriate combined choice of the benchmark and money manager.
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