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Performance Persistence

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  • WILLIAM N. GOETZMANN

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    (Yale School of Management - International Center for Finance)

  • STEPHEN J. BROWN

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    (NYU Stern School of Business)

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We explore performance persistence in mutual funds using absolute and relative benchmarks. Our sample, largely free of survivorship bias, indicates that relative risk-adjusted performance of mutual funds persists, however persistence is mostly due to funds that lag the S&P 500. A profit analysis indicates that poor performance increases the probability of disappearance. A year-by-year decomposition of the persistence effect demonstrates that the relative performance pattern depends upon the time period observed, and it is correlated across managers. Consequently, it is due to a common strategy that is not captured by standard stylistic categories, or risk adjustment procedures.

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Paper provided by Yale School of Management in its series Yale School of Management Working Papers with number ysm451.

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Date of creation: 14 Apr 2005
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Handle: RePEc:ysm:somwrk:ysm451

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