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Temporal Changes in the Determinants of Mutual Fund Flows

  • Fant, L Franklin
  • O'Neal, Edward S
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    We examine how the relation between mutual fund performance and fund flows has changed over time by separating our sample into two periods (1978-87 and 1988-97). We document an increase in the flow-performance asymmetry in the second period that exacerbates the adverse incentive for fund managers to increase portfolio risk. We develop a measure of the elasticity of fund flows with respect to performance, which filters out the confounding influence of greater aggregate fund flows in the second period and allows an examination of whether current investors place more emphasis on prior performance when selecting funds. We conclude that, though top performing funds are rewarded with greater fund flows in the second half of our sample, the change is due solely to the increase in aggregate fund flows and not to an increased reliance on performance by individual fund investors.

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    Article provided by Southern Finance Association & Southwestern Finance Association in its journal Journal of Financial Research.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Fall)
    Pages: 353-71

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