Performance Evaluation and Attribution of Security Portfolios

Performance Evaluation and Attribution of Security Portfolios, 1st Edition

Performance Evaluation and Attribution of Security Portfolios, 1st Edition,Bernd Fischer,Russ Wermers,ISBN9780127444833


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    Gives readers the theories and the empirical tools to handle their own data
    Chapter-end problems build understanding
    Filled with examples that size-up real asset managers
    Features practice problems formerly from the CFA Program curriculum.

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    Key Features

    • Gives readers the theories and the empirical tools to handle their own data
    • Features practice problems formerly from the CFA Program curriculum.


    Just how successful is that investment?  Measuring portfolio performance requires evaluation (measuring portfolio results against benchmarks) and attribution (determining individual results of the portfolio's parts),   In this book, a professor and an asset manager show readers how to use theories, applications, and real data to understand these tools. Unlike others, Fischer and Wermers teach readers how to pick the theories and applications that fit their specific needs.  With material inspired by the recent financial crisis, Fischer and Wermers bring new clarity to defining investment success. 


    Financial economics MA, MBA, and Ph.D. students studying asset pricing, portfolio management, financial management, and risk management. 

    Bernd Fischer

    In 2009, Bernd Fischer was appointed to the position of Managing Director of IDS GmbH - Analysis and Reporting Services (a subsidary of Allianz SE), one of the largest internationally operating providers of operational investment controlling services for institutional investors and asset managers. From 2000 to 2009, he was Global Head of Risk Controlling and Compliance in the central business segment Asset Management of Commerzbank AG and was also responsible for the operational Risk and Performance Controlling division of cominvest GmbH. Prior to this, he worked in the fields of Portfolio Analysis and Risk Controlling in the Asset Management division of Dresdner Bank. From 2000 to 2004, he was a member of the Investment Council of the CFA Institute. Dr. Fischer completed his degrees in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Cologne and was awarded his doctorate at the Florida Atlantic University (USA) in 1995.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Managing Director of IDS GmbH - Analysis and Reporting Services (a subsidiary of Allianz SE).

    Russ Wermers

    Russ Wermers is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland at College Park, where he won a campus-wide teaching award during 2005. His main research interests include studies of the efficiency of securities markets, as well as the role of institutional investors in setting stock prices. Most notably, his past research has developed new approaches to measuring and attributing the performance of mutual funds, pension funds, and hedge funds, as well as devising winning strategies for investing in these funds. Professor Wermers received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1995.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    University of Maryland

    Performance Evaluation and Attribution of Security Portfolios, 1st Edition

  • Chapter 1 - An Introduction to Asset Pricing Model

  • Chapter 2 - Returns-Based Performance Evaluation Models

  • Chapter 3 - Returns-Based Performance Measures

  • Chapter 4 - Portfolio-Holdings Based Performance Evaluation

  • Chapter 5 - Combining Portfolio-Holdings-Based and Returns-Based Performance Evaluation (and the "Return Gap")

  • Chapter 6 - Performance Evaluation of Non-Normal Portfolios

  • Chapter 7 - Fund Manager Selection Using Macroeconomic Information

  • Chapter 8 - Multiple Fund Performance Evaluation: The False Discovery Rate Approach

  • Chapter 9 - Active Management in Mostly Efficient Markets: A Survey of the Academic Literature

  • Chapter 10 - Basic Performance Evaluation Models

  • Chapter 11 - Indices and the Construction of Benchmarks

  • Chapter 12 - Attribution Analysis for Equity Portfolios According to the Brinson Approach

  • Chapter 13 - Attribution Analysis for Fixed Income Portfolios

  • Chapter 14 - Analysis of Multi-Asset Class Portfolios and Hedge Funds

  • Chapter 15 - Attribution Analysis with Derivatives

  • Chapter 16 - Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS)

  • Quotes and reviews

    "In the current environment of dwindling excess returns (alpha), Bernd R. Fischer and Russ Wermers give readers the necessary tools to tackle and overcome the challenges of adding value through the efforts of active managers. This well-detailed volume establishes an excellent framework for manager evaluation and selection by delving into portfolios and analyzing them with meticulous methodologies. At the same time, the authors highlight pitfalls and traps to avoid....In summary, Fischer and Wermers evaluate several methodologies and studies and provide appropriate criticisms. They use real-life examples in their analyses of the practicality of the various approaches.  The exhaustiveness of their efforts makes this volume a comprehensive one-stop shop for fund manager evaluation and portfolio analytics. Highly recommended for professionals who evaluate portfolio managers (e.g., wealth managers, advisers, fund allocators), Performance Evaluation and Attribution of Security Portfolios blends traditional concepts of portfolio evaluation with the latest academic findings. Unlike books that are either concerned exclusively with nuts-and-bolts issues or unduly theoretical, it provides an optimal balance for the benefit of both practitioners and academicians." -- Kishor Bagri, CFA, The CFA Institute Enterprising Investor blog

    "Performance Evaluation and Attribution of Security Portfolios is compulsory reading for anyone who has professional responsibilities that involves performance measurement. Fortunately for these readers the authors are writers with gifts rarely found in textbooks." --Jack L. Treynor, President of Treynor Capital Management

    "This excellent book covers everything a practitioner needs to know to construct a comprehensive system for analyzing investment performance." -- Journal of Investment Management, Fourth Quarter 2014

    "…the new book…is the first one to present the actual status in theory and practice comprehensively and to combine the views of an academic…and a practitioner…this is a unique book and a must have for everybody seriously interested in these subject areas."--The Journal of Performance Management, Fall 2013

    "The authors provide an excellent comprehensive treatment, running from widely used traditional measures all the way to methods pushing the knowledge frontier, complemented with practical information such as global reporting standards. As such, this book is a valuable resource for anyone facing the important challenge of evaluating the performance of investment managers."--Robert F. Stambaugh, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

    "Wermers and Fischer provide a timely review of a rapidly developing subject, pitched at roughly the advanced MBA level. It is particularly strong and useful in its coverage of holdings-based performance measurement. This is where the field is going, making the book a must-read."--Wayne Ferson, University of Southern California

    "An excellent in-depth review of state-of-the-art approaches to performance evaluation and attribution. A worthwhile read for both academics and practitioners."--Lubos Pastor, University of Chicago


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