These are surely an amateur questions, but I am struggling with a simple cross-sectional analysis and I would like to do it correctly. Here is my case:
So I have quarterly return data for 150 pension funds for the period 2015 to 2020. Because I have too little observations for time-series, I want to start off with a simple cross-sectional analysis.
I first wonder what is the best way to basically plot the performance per fund over time in order to see the differences (excel or STATA available)?
After that I would like to figure out/explain those differences in performance among those funds. For now I have calculated like averages per quarter, over the whole period (relative performance, comparing peer group averages). I wonder if there are other easy to compute measures that I could apply with the data I have, as i.e. measures that use std dev. & betas (like Sharpe Ratio & Treynor Ratio) are not useful here (bc of little observations).
And how can I see/maybe explain differences with a simple cross-sectional regression (without taking yet into account characteristics like size etc)?
Any help is greatly appreciated!