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Mutual Versus Proprietary Ownership: An Empirical Study From The Uk Unit Trust Industry With A Company-Product Measure


  • Yoshikatsu Shinozawa


In the debate of the relative merits of differing ownership forms, most empirical studies examine either corporate performance or the product characteristics of the financial products that are available in the financial services industry. Based on the UK unit trust industry, this paper assesses which ownership form, mutual or proprietary is more efficient in managing unit trust operations and providing high return generating unit trusts. Using a combined corporate performance and product range performance metric, this study reveals no significant differences between the two ownership forms in terms of the corporate-product performance score. The results indicate that the owner-customer fused role in the mutual organization must be considered in the mutual versus proprietary ownership debate. Copyright © 2010 The Author Journal compilation © CIRIEC 2010.

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  • Yoshikatsu Shinozawa, 2010. "Mutual Versus Proprietary Ownership: An Empirical Study From The Uk Unit Trust Industry With A Company-Product Measure," Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 81(2), pages 247-280, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:annpce:v:81:y:2010:i:2:p:247-280

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