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Ranking Mutual Fund Families: Minimum Expenses and Maximum Loads as Markers for Moral Turpitude

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  • Edward Tower
  • Wei Zheng

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We evaluate the performance of 51 mutual fund families based on a study of their diversified US managed mutual funds over an 11 year period and explore the determinants of performance gross of published expenses. We find that mutual fund families which charge loads, high expenses to their most favored investors and have high turnover tend to perform badly, even gross of these fees. However, gross of published expenses, managed mutual fund portfolios of those families without loads, with low expenses in their least expensive class, and with low average turnover beat the corresponding indexes.

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Paper provided by Duke University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 10-12.

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Length: 44
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:duk:dukeec:10-12

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Keywords: Mutual fund families; Performance; Turnover; Expense ratio; Loads;

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  1. Tower, Edward & Reinker, Kenneth S., 2004. "Index Fundamentalism Revisited," Working Papers 04-07, Duke University, Department of Economics.
  2. Olivier Scaillet & Laurent Barras & Russell R. Wermers, 2005. "False Discoveries in Mutual Fund Performance: Measuring Luck in Estimated Alphas," Working Papers CEB 05-014.RS, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  3. Carhart, Mark M, 1997. " On Persistence in Mutual Fund Performance," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 52(1), pages 57-82, March.
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  1. Premachandra, I.M. & Zhu, Joe & Watson, John & Galagedera, Don U.A., 2012. "Best-performing US mutual fund families from 1993 to 2008: Evidence from a novel two-stage DEA model for efficiency decomposition," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(12), pages 3302-3317.

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