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Do Mutual Funds Profit from the Accruals Anomaly?

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  • ASHIQ ALI
  • XUANJUAN CHEN
  • TONG YAO
  • TONG YU

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ABSTRACT Using data on both fund stockholdings and fund returns, we examine whether actively managed equity mutual funds trade on and profit from the accruals anomaly. We find that few, if any, mutual funds trade on the anomaly. The top 10% of mutual funds that have the highest portfolio weights in low-accruals stocks have a greater, but still relatively small, exposure to low-accruals stocks. Nonetheless, these funds make significant profit net of "actual" transaction costs, exhibiting an average Fama-French three-factor alpha of 2.83% per year. We also find that these funds are smaller, less diversified, and exhibit higher fund return volatility and higher fund flow volatility. Copyright University of Chicago on behalf of the Institute of Professional Accounting, 2008.

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  • Ashiq Ali & Xuanjuan Chen & Tong Yao & Tong Yu, 2008. "Do Mutual Funds Profit from the Accruals Anomaly?," Journal of Accounting Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(1), pages 1-26, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:joares:v:46:y:2008:i:1:p:1-26
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