Title

An Empirical Analysis of the Performance of Unit Trusts in Singapore

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-1987

Abstract

The Singapore government’s recent strategic plan to develop the financial sector hasplaced much emphasis on the fund management industry. In this paper we examine theunit trust performance in Singapore in the 90s. Our results show that fund managers ingeneral performed poorly in security analysis and market timing. However, theyperformed fairly well in risk-adjusted returns and generally maintained well-diversifiedportfolios. We find that there is little consistency in the performance ranking of theevaluated portfolios, although there is evidence of repeat performance of some top funds.Our analysis also shows that fund managers could indeed make excess returns above therisk-free rate in the medium- to long-term. Thus, unit trusts can be an ideal investmentfor small investors seeking sufficient diversification.

Keywords

Fund performance, Jensen measure, Sharpe measure, Treynor-Mazuymeasure, Unit trust

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

Securities Industry Review

Volume

2

Issue

2

First Page

1

Last Page

14

ISSN

0217-1309

Publisher

Singapore Securities Research Institute