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  • 12. There are other intermediaries that are not formally organized as investment companies but serve a similar function. These include commingled funds. These are partenerships or investors who pool their assets. A management firm then manages the funds for a fee. The partners in a ominngled fund are usually larger than individual investors but yet too small to manage their own fund. Similar to open-ended mutual funds, but rather than issueing shares, they issue units, which are bought and sold at NAV. Real estate investment funds pool indiviudal assets by selling parternship units to the public and then using leverage, by borrowing from banks, to purchase real estate..Mortgage funds invest directly in mortages. Segregated funsds are mutual funds with a guarantee for a minimum value. This is a canadian insurance product and only offered in canada. All segregated funds are not the same. What they do have in common is a minimum 75% to 100% guarantee of initial investment capital at fund maturity or death of policy holder. There are very few segregated funds remaining with 100% guarantees. Very few segregated funds offer a reset or lock-in when value of an investment increases. Hedge funds are like mutual funds in two respects: (1) they are pooled investment vehicles and (2) they invest in publicly traded securities. But there are important differences between a hedge fund and a mutual fund. Hedge funds lie at the active end of the investing spectrum as they seek positive absolute returns, regardless of the performance of an index or sector benchmark. Unlike mutual funds, which are "long-only" (make only buy-sell decisions), a hedge fund engages in more aggressive strategies and positions, such as short selling, trading in derivative instruments like options and using leverage to enhance the risk/reward profile of their bets. The activeness of hedge funds explains their popularity in bear markets. In a bull market, hedge funds may not perform as well as mutual funds, but tend to do better in bear markets as they hold short positions and hedges. Lastly, hedge funds are more expensive even though a portion of the fees are performance-based. Typically, they charge an mnagement fee equal to 1% to 2% of the assets, plus they receive a share - usually 20% - of the investment gains. Hedge funds are exclusive investment pools reserved for the wealthy investment crowd. Hedge funds characteristically take “long-short strategies.” One argument for their success is that they provide uncorrelated strategies that help to diversify a protfolio.
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  • Portfolio Management 3-228-07 Albert Lee Chun Lecture 1 The Institutional Environment 09-02-2008
  • Portfolio Management
    • This course Portfolio Management complements the course Investments (2-201-99) by exploring various issues underlying asset management. This is the most fundamental attribute of any professionally managed portfolio. Even if most of the concepts presented in class are specific to portfolios consisting of shares or stock market indices, the majority of these concepts apply to a wide variety of financial asset categories. In this course, students will become familiar with fundamental concepts of portfolio management including efficient frontier portfolios, multifactor models, financial asset pricing models, market efficiency and the performance evaluation of professionally managed portfolios.
  • Course Outline
    • Sessions 1 and 2 : The Institutional Environment
    • Sessions 3, 4 and 5: Construction of Portfolios
    • Sessions 6 and 7: Capital Asset Pricing Model
    • Session 8: Market Efficiency
    • Session 9: Active Portfolio Management
    • Session 10: Management of Bond Portfolios
    • Session 11: Performance Measurement of Managed Portfolios
  • Evaluation
    • You will be evaluated using the following criteria:
      • Midterm Exam: ( October 21st ) 40%
      • Final Exam: ( December 14th ) 40%
      • Project: 20%
      • The midterm and final exams are 3 hours long.
      • The exams will be closed book.
      • For the exams, you are allowed to have a single-sided, 8.5 x 11 inch “cheat sheet”, where you can write all the information you want.
      • Old exams will not be made available.
  • Professor Albert’s Contact Info E-mail: [email_address] Phone: 514-340-5661 Office: 4.257 Office hours: By Appointment Only Please do not be shy about contacting me if you have questions about the material! I will hold individual office hours as needed. I’m happy to chat with you about the course or about your future plans. 
  • Course Information
    • Text Book : Bodie, Kane, Marcus, Perrakis, Ryan.
    • Investments
    • 8th Canadian edition,
    • 2008, McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
    • Course Reader :
    • “ Textbook 3228A”
    • You will need to get a copy
    • of this as we will assign readings from it.
  • Course Information
      • Zonecours.hec.ca : Slides from lectures, exercices, solutions, announcements, etc., will be posted here.
      • Prerequisites: It is important that you have taken and passed the course «  Investments » and to a lesser extent «  Options and Futures » . If you do not have a strong background in finance at the level of « I nvestments  », you may not be prepared to take this course .
  • Today’s Lecture
    • Objective: (Chapter 4) To give an overview of institutional investing and institutions’ role in portfolio selection and management
      • Investment companies
      • Mutual funds
      • Costs of investing in Mutual Funds
      • Investment performance of mutual funds
      • Index Funds
    4-
  • Investment Companies 4-
    • Investment companies pool funds into large portfolios.
    • Advantages include:
    • Diversification & divisibility
    • Administration & record keeping
    • Professional management
    • Reduced costs
      • Commissions/Transaction costs
      • Information costs
    Services of Investment Companies 4-
    • Net Asset Value Per Share: Used as a basis for valuation of investment company shares
      • Selling new shares
      • Redeeming existing shares
    Net Asset Value 4-
  • Open-end and Closed-end Funds
    • Managed funds
      • Closed-end/ Open-end
      • Load funds
    • Shares Outstanding
    • Closed-end: Do not redeem or issues shares
    • Open-end: Can sell or redeem shares
    • Pricing
    • Open-end: Net Asset Value (NAV)
    • Closed-end: Premium or discount to (NAV)
    4-
  • Closed-end Funds
    • Commingled funds
    • Real estate funds
      • Real estate limited partnerships
      • Mortgage funds
    • Segregated funds
    • Hedge funds
    Other Organizations 4-
  • Mutual Funds 4-
  • Mutual Fund Listings 4-
  • Growth of Mutual Funds 4-
    • Money Market
    • Fixed Income
    • Balanced and Income
    • Asset Allocation
    • Equity
    • Indexed
    • Specialized Sector
    Investment Policies 4-
  • Investment Policies
    • Statement about their objective:
      • Aggressive growth equity funds
      • Emerging markets equity funds
      • Growth and income equity funds
      • High yield fixed income funds
      • Mortgage-backed bond funds
  • Types of Mutual Funds 4-
  • Largest Fund Families
  • Mutual Funds Returns
    • The one-period rate of return on an investment in a open-ended fund is
  • Example
    • Invest $1000 in a mutual fund
    • After 90 days, liquidated at NAV of $1,010.
    • During the 90 days you received:
      • A $5 income disbursement
      • A $15 capital gain disbursement
  • Costs of Investing in Mutual Funds 4-
    • Entry fees ( Front-end loads )
      • Diminish investor’s initial NAV
      • Many no-load funds exist
      • Many load funds charging between 0 and 8.5% exist
    • Exit fees (redemption or Back-end loads )
      • Declines toward zero the longer the fund is held
      • Most funds charge no exit fees
    Costs of Investing in Mutual Funds 4-
  • Costs of Mutual Funds
    • Operating expenses
    • Transaction fees
      • Cover the costs of buying/selling securities
    • Distribution fees
      • In the US: allowed to deduct up to 1% of their assets per year to pay for sales commissions and promotional expenses
    • Management Expense Ratio (MER)
  • Example
    • $1,000 in a fund with up-front load fee of 3%.
    • 1% per year annual management fee
    • Redemption fee of 1.5%
    • After 90 days, liquidated at NAV of $1,010 .
    • During the 90 days you received:
      • a $5 cash dividend disbursement and
      • a $15 capital gain disbursement.
  • Costs of Mutual Funds
    • Return over the 90-day period
      • Management fees in dollars over 90 days :
      • 0.01 x (90/365) x $970 = $2.4
      • Redemption fee in dollars
      • $1,010 x 1.5% = $15.15
      • 90-day return :
  • Impact of Costs on Performance
  • Trading Scandal with Mutual Funds
    • Late trading – allowing some investors to purchase or sell later than other investors
    • Market timing – allowing investors to buy or sell on stale net asset values
      • Example: Exploiting time-zone differences
    • Net effect is to transfer wealth from existing owners to the new purchasers or sellers
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  • Investment Performance of Mutual Funds 4-
  • First Look at Mutual Fund Performance
    • Benchmark portfolio: Wilshire 5000 Index.
    • Figure 4.4 shows that average mutual fund performance is generally less than broad market performance measured by the index.
    • Return on average mutual fund was below the Whilshire 5000 index 21 out of 35 years from 1971 to 2005.
    • The average return on the index exceeded that of the mutual fund by 1%
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  • Performance vs. the Index 4-
  • Is Performance Due to Skill?
    • The must be good mangers and bad managers.
    • So do good managers consistently outperform the index?
    • To test this, we seek evidence of persistence in returns.
    • If good performance is due to skill then those who rank in the top performing half in one period would be expected to do well in the next period.
  • Do winners stay winners? 4-
  • Persistence in Fund Performance
    • The Malkiel study suggests that some funds show consistent strong performance but it seems to only be true in the 70s.
    • Other studies using Canadian data are suggestive of good managers outperforming the market this is also inconclusive.
    • Other studies suggest that bad performance is more likely to persist than good performance.
  • Survivorship Bias
    • Yet worst performing funds go out of business.
    • So when looking at mutual fund rankings of 5 year returns, we should remember there are many funds that failed to survive 5 years.
    • Hence, the performance of the surviving firms will be upward biased.
    • This is known as a survivorship bias .
    • PALTrak (Morningstar)
    • Wiesenberger’s Investment Companies (US)
    • Morningstar (US)
    • Investment Company Institute (US)
    • Popular press (Globefund)
    • Investment services (SEI, Comstat, etc.)
    Sources of Information on Mutual Funds 4-
  • Index Funds 4-
  • Costs of Index vs. Mutual Funds
    • Index funds do not need as large a staff
      • Decisions about what stock to buy have already been made based on index commitment.
    • Savings are passed along to investors
      • Average management fee for a managed common stock mutual fund: 1.4%
      • Management fee for Vanguard Index Trust in the US : 0.18%
  • Example
    • Investments’ performance over the long run
      • Initial investment of $100,000
      • Assume a 10% gross annual return for both funds:
        • Vanguard Index Trust 500 Mutual Fund charges a 0.18% management fee for a net annual return of 9.82%
        • The Average Managed Mutual Fund charges a 1.4% management fee for a net annual return of 8.6%
    Vanguard Index Trust 500 Average Managed Mutual Fund After 10 years $255,000 $228,000 After 20 years $651,000 $521,000
  • Index funds
    • Advantages of index funds
      • Management expenses are minimized
      • Higher returns
      • No load funds
      • Slow turnover
        • Underlying indexes experience slow turnover;
        • Leads to lower commissions
      • Tax efficiency
        • Slow turnover leads to unrealized and untaxed capital gains
        • Taxed when investment is sold
  • Index funds
    • Disadvantages of index funds
      • May be poorly managed
      • There may be some tracking error:
      • Tracking Error = Return of index – Return on indexed portfolio
  • Index funds
      • Tracking errors can occur due to:
        • Management fees
        • Manager didn’t invest in all target index securities.
        • Weighting scheme differed from that of the target index.
        • Delayed reaction to changes in targeted index
        • Manager may try to ‘outsmart’ the market (enhanced indexing)
        • Use of derivatives of the securities rather than the securities themselves ( lower commissions )
  • Index funds
    • To reduce tracking error, portfolio may contain more of the different securities contained within the target index.
    • As the number of different securities held within the portfolio increases, the commissions are likely to be higher.
    • Portfolio managers may try to reduce trading costs but this can increase the chance of tracking error.
  • Exchange Traded Funds
    • ETFs allow investors to trade index portfolios like shares of stocks.
    • Examples – iShares, SPDRs and Vipers
    • Indexed with same weights used in the target index
    • Unlike mutual funds:
        • Order executed immediately—not at market-on-close prices
        • Management fees are below 0.18%
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  • ETF Products 4-
    • Advantages of exchange index traded funds
      • Trade continuously. Can be bought/sold throughout the day rather than just market-on-close prices
      • Can sell short, and can do so on a down-tick
      • They usually cannot use derivatives so investors are not subject to counterparty risks
      • i.e. won’t have tracking error from the misuse of derivatives
      • Lower costs
    Advantages of ETFs
  • Wealth Accumulation
    • 1$ invested in the following from end of 1925 to end of 1999 would have increased to :
    Even a fairly small annual return can create large long- term results
      • Method of computation : (1 + return) n = Ending Wealth
    Asset Class Annual Return Ending Wealth S&P 500 11.3% $2,845.6 Small company stock index 12.6% $6,640.7 Long-term corporate bond index 5.6% $56.38 Long-term government bond index 5.1% $40.22 Intermediate-term government bond 5.2% $43.93 U.S. Treasury Bills 3.8% $15.64 Inflation 3.1% $9.39
  • A Note of Inflation
    • Inflation : the purchasing power of $1 is not the same from year-to-year (it decreases)
      • $1 of purchases made in 1925 would cost $9.39 by 1999
        • $1 x (1 + 0.030728) 74 = $9.39
    • $2,845.63 after adjusting for inflation is worth in real terms:
      • $2,845.63  $9.39 = $303.05
    • While the accumulated real wealth is much lower than the nominal wealth, it is still an impressive number
  • Things to Read
    • Readings for Today’s lecture.
    • Chapter 4
    • Readings for Next Week:
    • Chapter 5 , sections 5.4 to 5.6 and 5.8
    • Chapter 23, sections 23.1 and 23.2