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The Size and Structure of the World Mutual Fund Industry


  • Sofia B. Ramos


"This paper analyses the mutual fund industry for 20 countries using a new database of more than 50,000 mutual funds. The results suggest that more developed industries provide more benefits to investors as they diversify more internationally, charge lower annual charges and present more product sophistication. The results also have important policy implications by emphasising the role of competition and contestability in industry development. Fewer barriers to entry are positively associated with a larger industry, and concomitantly with more efficiency in terms of returns and fees." Copyright (c) 2007 The Author Journal compilation (c) 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Sofia B. Ramos, 2009. "The Size and Structure of the World Mutual Fund Industry," European Financial Management, European Financial Management Association, vol. 15(1), pages 145-180.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:eufman:v:15:y:2009:i:1:p:145-180

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    1. John Banko & Scott Beyer & Richard Dowen, 2010. "Economies of scope and scale in the mutual-fund industry," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 36(4), pages 322-336, March.
    2. Varga, Gyorgy & Wengert, Maxim, 2010. "The growth and size of the Brazilian mutual fund industry," MPRA Paper 21581, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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