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Market Volatility and Mutual Fund Cash Flows

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  • Dengpan Luo
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    This paper examines the relation between market volatility and monthly mutual fund cash flows. We find that bond fund investors in the period of 1984 through 1998 do not respond to past stock market volatility at the aggregate level after we take into account the persistency of volatility over time and the relation between risks and returns. On the other hand, stock fund investors respond negatively to concurrent and past long term (semi-annual and annual) market volatility. Stock fund investors' volatility timing behavior explains why fund managers decrease market exposure during periods of high market volatility. We also find that the negative relation between stock fund flows and market volatility is not entirely driven by the persistency of volatility over time or the relation between risks and returns. Using semi-variance of daily stock market returns, we find no evidence that investors are only concerned about downside volatility. Both upside volatility and downside volatility have negative impact on subsequent stock fund flows. We also find that stock fund flows in our sample period have strong positive impact on the subsequent market

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    Paper provided by Yale School of Management in its series Yale School of Management Working Papers with number ysm395.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jul 2003
    Date of revision: 01 Sep 2003
    Handle: RePEc:ysm:somwrk:ysm395

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