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Some use the acronym SAMURAI: a benchmark should be S - Specified in Advance A - Appropriate M - Measurable U - Unambiguous R - Reflective of Current Investment Thinking A - Accountable I - Investable In principle it is the responsibility of the decision maker (the board of the pension fund) to set the benchmark, otherwise if the choice is left to ...


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One might define a benchmark as the status quo. If you simply bought all the stocks in the S&P500 for example, you would realize the returns on that index and it takes no active management from you, or a fancy portfolio manager. It is the default investment strategy, and although it is indeed arbitrary, the usual ones (S&P, Dow, etc.) are often ...


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I don't know about the others,but the base for Bloomberg is about 1200/month before any useful real-time data.



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