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On the robustness of persistence in mutual fund performance

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  • Juan Carlos Matallín-Sáez

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    (Department of Finance and Accounting, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)

  • Amparo Soler-Domínguez

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    (Department of Finance and Accounting, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)

  • Emili Tortosa-Ausina

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    (IVIE and Department of Economics, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain)

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    This paper analyzes persistence in US equity mutual fund performance over the period 2001-2011 for both net and gross returns. We apply commonly-used measures of persistence, which we test using a set of simulated passive funds. In the first stage we apply contingency tables and transition matrices in accordance with previous literature. Results show how these methodologies are biased towards finding evidence of persistence too easily. In the second stage, we take a recursive portfolio approach, which assesses the performance of investing by following recommendations based on past performance. Results show the importance of both estimating persistence by distinguishing among fund style groups, and considering the cross-sectional significance of recursive portfolios. In general, our results do not support evidence of persistence in mutual fund performance. Only very scarce evidence is found in some particular cases, but this is partly conditioned by whether net or gross returns are considered. We also find evidence supporting the relatively worse performance of non-survivor funds compared with that of survivor funds.

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    Paper provided by Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I, Castellón (Spain) in its series Working Papers with number 2014/01.

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    Length: 42 pages
    Date of creation: 2014
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