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Investor Attrition and Fund Flows in Mutual Funds


  • Christoffersen, Susan E. K.
  • Xu, Haoyu


We explore the properties of equity mutual funds that experience a loss of assets after poor performance. We document that both inflows and outflows are less sensitive to performance, because performance-sensitive investors leave or decide not to invest after bad performance. Consistent with the idea that attrition measures the sorting of performance-sensitive investors, we find that attrition has less of an impact on the fund’s flow–performance sensitivity for institutional funds where there is less dispersion in investor performance sensitivity. Also, attrition has no effect on the flow–performance sensitivity when attrition arises after good performance or investors invest for nonperformance reasons.

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  • Christoffersen, Susan E. K. & Xu, Haoyu, 2017. "Investor Attrition and Fund Flows in Mutual Funds," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 52(3), pages 867-893, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:jfinqa:v:52:y:2017:i:03:p:867-893_00

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    1. Jesse A. Ellis & Shane Underwood, 2018. "The Only Fund in Town? Geographic Segmentation in the US Mutual Fund Industry," Financial Management, Financial Management Association International, vol. 47(3), pages 715-737, September.
    2. Anna H. Jankowiak, 2018. "Transnational Corporations and Business Networks in ASEAN: Building Partnership in the Asia– Pacific Region," International Business Research, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 11(1), pages 230-244, January.

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