The Dangers of Misusing Returns-Based Style Analysis

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Wed, 2001-01-03

Gerald W. Buetow and Hal Ratner in their recent article, "The Dangers in Using Returns-Based Style Analysis in Asset Allocation," have amply demonstrated the dangers of blaming a poorly understood and poorly used tool. We will analyze the six funds that Buetow and Ratner did, show where they went wrong in their analyses, and demonstrate that returns based style analysis, when done properly, provides accurate results. First we will list B&R's conclusions, then show why, with proper analysis, their conclusions are wrong.


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