A minimum variance benchmark to measure the performance of pension funds in Mexico
De la Torre, Oscar V.;
Martínez Torre-Enciso, Mª Isabel &
Contaduría y Administración
Simulation modeling; Min variance portfolio; Pension funds
We propose the use of the minimum variance portfolio as weighting method in a strategy benchmark for
pension funds performance in Mexico. By performing three discrete event simulations with daily data from January 2002 to May 2013, we test this benchmark’s weighting method against the Max Sharpe ratio one and a linear combination of both benchmarks (minimum variance and Max Sharpe). With the Sharpe ratio, the Jensen’s alpha significance test and the Huberman and Kandel’ (1987) spanning test, we found that the three benchmarks have a statistically equal performance. By using Bailey’s (1992) risk exposure, market representativeness and turnover benchmark quality criteria, we found that the min variance is preferable for the publicly traded Mexican defined contribution pension funds.