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A Theory of Mutual Funds: Optimal Fund Objectives and Industry Organization

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  • Matthew I. Spiegel

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    (School of Management)

  • Harry Mamaysky

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    (School of Management)

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    This paper presents a model in which investors cannot remain in the market to trade at all times. As a result, they have an incentive to set up trading firms or financial market intermediaries (FMI's) to take over their portfolio while they engage in other activities. Previous research has assumed that such firms act like individuals endowed with a utility function. Here, as in reality, they are firms that simply take orders from their investors. From this setting emerges a theory of mutual funds and other FMI's (such as investment houses, banks, and insurance companies) with implications for their trading styles, as well as for their effects on asset prices. The model provides theoretical support for past empirical findings, and provides new empirical predictions which are tested in this paper.

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    Paper provided by Yale School of Management in its series Yale School of Management Working Papers with number ysm219.

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    Date of creation: 04 Sep 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:ysm:somwrk:ysm219

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    Cited by:
    1. Sandeep Kapur & Allan Timmermann, 2004. "Relative Performance Evaluation Contracts and Asset Market Equilibrium," Finance 0408001, EconWPA.
    2. Ali Hortacsu & Chad Syverson, 2003. "Product Differentiation, Search Costs, and Competition in the Mutual Fund Industry: A Case Study of the S&P 500 Index Funds," NBER Working Papers 9728, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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