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Investor Flows to Asset Managers: Causes and Consequences

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  • Susan E.K. Christoffersen

    (Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6, Canada
    Copenhagen Business School, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark)

  • David K. Musto

    (Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104)

  • Russ Wermers

    (Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742)

Abstract

Cash flows between investors and funds are both cause and effect in a complex web of economic decisions. Among the issues at stake are the prospects and fees of the funds, the efforts and risk choices by the funds’ managers, the pricing and comovement of the assets they trade, the stability of the financial system and the real economy, and the retirement security and protection of the investors. There is an accordingly large and growing literature on flows that has concentrated on the main retail investment pool, the open-end mutual fund, and has used flows to explore many aspects of retail financial decision making. We survey this literature and, where relevant, describe how open-end flows compare to other investment vehicles. We also identify opportunities both for future research and for refinement of mutual fund design, in particular as suggested by the recent rethinking of retail investment pools in the European Union.

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  • Susan E.K. Christoffersen & David K. Musto & Russ Wermers, 2014. "Investor Flows to Asset Managers: Causes and Consequences," Annual Review of Financial Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 6(1), pages 289-310, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:anr:refeco:v:6:y:2014:p:289-310
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    Cited by:

    1. Mathias S. Kruttli & Phillip J. Monin & Sumudu W. Watugala, 2017. "Investor Concentration, Flows, and Cash Holdings : Evidence from Hedge Funds," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2017-121, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    2. Sorhage, Christoph, 2015. "Outsourcing of mutual funds' non-core competencies," CFR Working Papers 14-04 [rev.2], University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
    3. Goldstein, Itay & Jiang, Hao & Ng, David T., 2017. "Investor flows and fragility in corporate bond funds," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 126(3), pages 592-613.
    4. Ayelen Banegas & Gabriel Montes-Rojas & Lucas Siga, 2016. "Mutual Fund Flows, Monetary Policy and Financial Stability," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2016-071, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    5. Dumitrescu, Ariadna & Gil-Bazo, Javier, 2016. "Information and investment under uncertainty," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 148(C), pages 17-22.
    6. Eduardo Levy-Yeyati & Nathan Converse & Tomas Williams, 2017. "How ETFs Amplify the Global Financial Cycle in Emerging Markets," School of Government Working Papers 2017-12, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
    7. Eduardo Levy-Yeyati & Nathan Converse & Tomas Williams, 2017. "How ETFs Amplify the Global Financial Cycle in Emerging Markets," School of Government Working Papers 201702, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella.
    8. Youchang Wu & Russ Wermers & Josef Zechner, 2016. "Managerial Rents vs. Shareholder Value in Delegated Portfolio Management: The Case of Closed-End Funds," Review of Financial Studies, Society for Financial Studies, vol. 29(12), pages 3428-3470.
    9. Daniel Barth & Juha Joenvaara & Mikko Kauppila & Russ Wermers, 2020. "The Hedge Fund Industry is Bigger (and has Performed Better) Than You Think," Working Papers 20-01, Office of Financial Research, US Department of the Treasury.
    10. Spiegler, Ran, 2020. "A simple model of a money-management market with rational and extrapolative investors," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 127(C).

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    Keywords

    mutual funds; asset flows; fee structures; asset management; fund performance; flow-performance relation;
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    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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