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Core-satellite portfolios

Hi,

Does anyone know if the CFAI have a guideline as to what level of funds need to be invested in the market/index (with remainder in actively managed strategies) for it to be considered a "Core-Satellite" portfolio?  I.e, if we had 30% invested in the index and 70% active would this still be core-satellite?  I didn't see anything in the curriculum, though I could have missed it.

Cheers,

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  • @mitch895

    I came across a question like this, can't remember if it was in Schweser or a CFAI one, but the set up was exactly that....around 25% in a passive portfolio, with the rest spread across 3 active managers. The question was "can this be considered a core-satellite portfolio". One of the answers was actually "no, because too little is invested in the passive portfolio"....

    I chose this answer and...got it WRONG!! According to the answer it was still a core satellite set up.

    However just yesterday I was reading through Equity portfolio management and it described a core-satellite portfolio as being "the majority invested in a passively managed portfolio, with the remainder actively managed"...not the exact words but they did mention the word "majority".

    So yeah, to sum up...I'm a little unsure too. I think for the exam I will consider any portfolio with a passive and actively managed element to be a core-satellite irrespective of the amount allocated to each.
    mitch895
  • ArbitrageurArbitrageur Orange CountyPosts: 32 Jr Portfolio Manager
    Stuj79 said:
    @mitch895

     I think for the exam I will consider any portfolio with a passive and actively managed element to be a core-satellite irrespective of the amount allocated to each.
    I would say if the passive fund is the largest then it's a core-satellite portfolio. In your example question did any of the active managers have a higher weight than the passive one?
  • Hi Arbitrageur,

    Yes, I'm not sure (can't remember) whether any individual active manager had an exposure larger than the passive portfolio.  I do know that in the question the passive portfolio was well below 50% (may have been 30% or so).  Can't recall where exactly it was (may have been an old CFA Mock exam).  I think the ambiguity and inconsistency of the definition (as @Stuj79 and I seem to have had similar but opposite errors!) suggest that an answer with explanation for either Yes/No would probably be acceptable in the AM.  
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