Title

A Note on the Evaluation of Long-run Investment Decisions using the Sharpe Ratio

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2013

Publication Title

Journal of Economics and Finance

DOI

10.1007/s12197-011-9213-8

Abstract

This paper reexamines the use of the Sharpe ratio to measure the performance of large and small company stocks along with corporate bonds over different holding periods. It builds on previous research which cites the effects of serial correlation and non-normality in the creation of estimation error in the calculation of the Sharpe ratio. It finds that higher order moments such as skewness and kurtosis are a further source of error that must be accounted for when making inferences about asset performance.