Target Date Funds and Returns-Based Style Analysis by Marc Odo CFA, CAIA, CFP

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Thu, 2010-12-30

In Spring of 2010, Zephyr Associates put forth the idea of using William Sharpe’s returns-based style analysis (RBSA) methodology as a valuable tool for analyzing target date funds.  While spelling out the case for using RBSA from an academic, theoretical perspective, Zephyr clients have since requested guidance in using the idea proposed in a real-world setting to compare the performances of two families of target date funds.   This follow-up paper illustrates how the analyst might use the RBSA ideas to these ends.


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