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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 ...


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 ...


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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