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Does concurrent management of mutual and hedge funds create conflicts of interest?

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  • Chen, Li-Wen
  • Chen, Fan
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    This paper shows that conflicts of interest may exist in cases where a hedge fund manager starts a mutual fund but not in the opposite case. We compare performance, asset flows, and risk incentives to establish several key differences between these two scenarios: First, prior to concurrent management, hedge fund managers experience worse performance while mutual fund managers achieve better performance relative to their full-time peers. Second, hedge fund managers who choose concurrent management are disproportionately the ones with less experience. Their hedge funds tend to suffer a decline in performance after the event. By contrast, mutual fund managers who choose concurrent management tend to outperform their full-time peers. Based on our findings, we make important recommendations for policy makers and companies. The relevance of our recommendations extends beyond the small share of companies presently engaged in concurrent management.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 8 (August)
    Pages: 1423-1433

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:33:y:2009:i:8:p:1423-1433

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    Keywords: Mutual fund Hedge fund Conflicts of interest Concurrent management Side-by-side management Reputational capital Management incentives;

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    1. Chen, Hsuan-Chi & Lai, Christine W., 2010. "Reputation stretching in mutual fund starts," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 34(1), pages 193-207, January.
    2. Agarwal, Vikas & Ma, Linlin, 2013. "Managerial multitasking in the mutual fund industry," CFR Working Papers 13-10, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
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