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The Impact of Fund Attrition on Superannuation Returns

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  • Drew, Michael E.

    (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane)

  • Stanford, Jon D.

    (University of Queensland, Brisbane)

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This paper investigates the impact of fund attrition on returns from a sample of superannuation fund managers (specialising in the management of domestic stock portfolios) for the period 1991 through 1999, using a four-factor asset pricing model. Survivorship bias is estimated at 23 basis points per annum. The evidence presented in this study is consistent with recent international evidence that suggests that a sampling technique that excludes terminated funds would result in an overestimation of fund manager performance. Moreover, fund attrition has a material negative impact on the ability for superannuation fund members to obtain their retirement income objectives.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 31 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 25-32

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Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:31:y:2001:i:1:p:25-32

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  1. Michael E. Drew & Jon D. Stanford, 2002. "The Economics of Choice of Superannuation Fund," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 102, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
  2. Danny Yeung, 2012. "The Impact of Institutional Ownership: A Study of the Australian Equity Market," PhD Thesis, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, number 11.
  3. Michael E. Drew & Jon D. Stanford, 2003. "Retail Superannuation Management in Australia: Risk, Cost and Alpha," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 126, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
  4. Michael E. Drew & Jon D. Stanford, 2003. "Principal and Agent Problems in Superannuation Funds," Australian Economic Review, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, vol. 36(1), pages 98-107.
  5. Michael E. Drew & Jon D. Stanford & Madhu Veeraraghavan, 2001. "Testing The Incomplete Arbitrate Hypothesis: Evidence From Australian Wholesale Superannuation Funds," School of Economics and Finance Discussion Papers and Working Papers Series 099, School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology.
  6. Dr Jon D. Stanford & Michael E. Drew, 2003. "A Review Of Australia's Compulsory Superannuation Scheme After A Decade," Discussion Papers Series 322, School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
  7. Drew, Michael E. & Stanford, Jon D. & Veeraraghavan, Madhu, 2002. "Efficiency with Costly Information: A Study of Australian Wholesale Superannuation Fund Performance," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 32(1), pages 35-47, March.

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