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Portfolio maturity choice of Australian cash management trusts


  • Davis, Kevin


Money Market Mutual Funds, known in Australia as Cash Management Trusts (CMTs), provide potential benefits for retail investors from pooling of funds and superior portfolio (maturity) management skills. The average maturity of CMT assets exhibits significant variation both cross sectionally and over time, but there is significant correlation between the asset maturities of different CMTs. These variations could reflect decisions about optimal asset maturity by CMT management, given their expectations of future interest rate movements. This paper examines (and rejects) the hypothesis that CMT management has superior interest rate forecasting ability by testing whether asset maturity of CMTs provides any information about future interest rate movements. The correlation between CMT maturity decisions appears to reflect the tendency of some CMTs to adjust maturity in response to current changes in market interest rates.

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  • Davis, Kevin, 2008. "Portfolio maturity choice of Australian cash management trusts," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 17(5), pages 1173-1185, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:17:y:2008:i:5:p:1173-1185

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