# an equty quiz

what is one drawback of completeness portfolios? A they seek to eliminate misfit risk B they will add additional misfit risk C they will add additional true active risk

C

Will be wrong on this one: A

A

gun to my head i choose C

B for the trifecta

C – with elimination method. one weakness a completeness fund is to reduce the total active return?

One drawback of completeness portfolios is that they essentially seek to eliminate misfit risk. As stated above, a nonzero amount of misfit risk may be optimal. In seeking to eliminate misfit risk through a completeness fund, a fund sponsor may be giving up some of the value added from the stock selection of the active managers. (V4, p. 260). --Doesn’t help much?

A One drawback of completeness portfolios is that they essentially seek to eliminate misfit risk. As stated above, a nonzero amount of misfit risk may be optimal. In seeking to eliminate misfit risk through a completeness fund, a fund sponsor may be giving up some of the value added from the stock selection of the active managers (Level III Volume 4 Fixed Income and Equity Portfolio Management , 4th Edition. Pearson Learning Solutions p. 260).

A, some misfit risk may be beneficial.

bah humbug

A

Gun to my head, I choose A

A, on the exam.

If the manager adds “true active return” then the completeness fund would just be stripping away the “misfit return” Argghh…What on earth does the author mean by “a nonzero amount of misfit risk may be optimal” and how does “In seeking to eliminate misfit risk [sponsor gives up] some of the value added from the stock selection of the active managers” ?

All hypothetical and really over the top. i.e. I really really really like Energy and I really really really like XOM in energy. Energy is 18% of the SPX. I buy 20% XOM. I am overweight Energy to the benchmark and overweight XOM extremely. I have misfit risk which the completion fund would take away the energy sector overweight and my active return of XOM which the completion fund would not get rid of. Overall, XOM outperforms energy by .5% but energy outperforms by 10%. I have outperformed due to to 2 bets. Energy overweight and XOM overweight. That is the non 0 amount of misfit risk. It allows sector and active bets. If the manager put 100% of the portfolio you would want to get rid of misfit risk however. Think of it as the within-sector and allocation effects portion of Performance Evaluation. (weight portfolio - weight benchmark) (return portfolio - return benchmark)