Title

The performance of commodity trading advisors: A mean-variance-ratio test approach

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

In this paper, we provide evidence that the mean-variance-ratio (MVR)test is superior the Sharpe Ratio (SR) test by applying both tests to analyze the performance of commodity trading advisors (CTAs). The findings show that while the SR test concludes that most of the CTA funds being analyzed are indistinguishable in their performance, the MVR statistic shows that some funds outperformed others. Moreover, the SR statistic indicates that one fund significantly outperformed another even when the difference between the two funds was insignificant or even changed directions over sub-periods. Conversely, the MVR statistic can detect such changes when they occur over sub-periods. In addition, we have conducted simulations to show that the MVR test possesses good power.

Keywords

Sharpe ratio, hypothesis testing, uniformly most powerful unbiased test, fund management.

Discipline

Finance and Financial Management | Portfolio and Security Analysis

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

North American Journal of Economics and Finance

Volume

25

First Page

188

Last Page

201

ISSN

1062-9408

Identifier

10.1016/j.najef.2012.06.010

Publisher

Elsevier