For financial professionals in the UK

Why are benchmarks important?

28 Jan 2022

This video explains what benchmarks are and highlights why they are important to portfolio managers and investors alike.

Key takeaways:


  • Benchmarks are important because they serve as a standard against which the performance of an investment can be measured



  • In the equity market, well-recognised benchmarks include the FTSE 100 and S&P 500, while within fixed income it’s the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index.



  • By reviewing the performance of an investment relative to its benchmark, an investor can gain valuable insight into how the portfolio manager’s asset allocation has contributed to out/underperformance.



The allocation of a portfolio according to an asset class, sector, geographical region, or type of security.

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Past performance does not predict future returns. The value of an investment and the income from it can fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount originally invested.


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28 Jan 2022