Jackknife estimator for tracking error variance of optimal portfolios

Gopal K. Basak, Ravi Jagannathan, Tongshu Ma

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We develop a jackknife estimator for the conditional variance of a minimum tracking error variance portfolio constructed using estimated covariances. We empirically evaluate the performance of our estimator using an optimal portfolio of 200 stocks that has the lowest tracking error with respect to the S&P 500 benchmark when three years of daily return data are used for estimating covariances. We find that our jackknife estimator provides more precise estimates and suffers less from in-sample optimism when compared to conventional estimators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)990-1002
Number of pages13
JournalManagement Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009


  • Jackknife
  • Minimum-risk portfolios
  • Tracking error

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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