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Mutual Fund Incentive Fees: Determinants and Effects

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  • Danilo Drago
  • Valter Lazzari
  • Marco Navone

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"We investigate the how and why of performance fee provisions in a free contracting environment such as the Italian mutual fund market until 2006. We find weak support for the hypothesis that these provisions emerge as an economically efficient solution in a rational asset management industry plagued by asymmetric information. They appear to emerge mainly as the product of strategic pricing by asset managers wishing to ease market competition, leverage on investors' sentiment, and hedge their cost structure. Alternatively, fears that managers may opportunistically alter funds' investment policies to maximize the option value embedded in the incentive provisions appear unjustified." Copyright (c) 2010 Financial Management Association International.

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  • Danilo Drago & Valter Lazzari & Marco Navone, 2010. "Mutual Fund Incentive Fees: Determinants and Effects," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 39(1), pages 365-392, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:finmgt:v:39:y:2010:i:1:p:365-392
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    1. Dirk Broeders & Arco van Oord & David Rijsbergen, 2015. "Scale economies in pension fund investments: A dissection of investment costs across asset classes," DNB Working Papers 474, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
    2. Dirk Broeders & Arco van Oord & David Rijsbergen, 2017. "Does it pay to pay performance fees? Empirical evidence from Dutch pension funds," DNB Working Papers 561, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
    3. Broeders, Dirk W.G.A. & van Oord, Arco & Rijsbergen, David R., 2016. "Scale economies in pension fund investments: A dissection of investment costs across asset classes," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 147-171.

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