Global equity fund performance adjusted for equity and currency factors

David R. Gallagher*, Graham Harman, Camille H. Schmidt, Geoffrey J. Warren

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Abstract

We present a method for evaluating performance of global equity funds that decomposes excess returns versus market indices into contributions from six equity and three currency factors plus alpha. We apply the method to a sample of institutional fund mandates, and uncover outperformance stemming from stock selection while finding that both equity and currency factor exposures detract from returns. Our methodological contribution is to propose a portfolio holding-based approach for identifying return sources for funds investing internationally that can account for multiple factor exposures including those arising from currency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1535-1565
Number of pages31
JournalAccounting and Finance
Volume62
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

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