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Cash flow timing skills of socially responsible mutual fund investors

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This paper studies, for the first time, the cash flow timing skills of socially responsible (SR) mutual fund investors. Our findings show that SR investors neither worsen nor improve their returns according to their cash flow timing decisions, although they show good timing for net purchase and perverse timing for net withdrawal decisions. When controlling for fund characteristics, investors in larger, institutional, with longer mean manager tenure, lower expense ratio, no load, lower mean turnover ratio and a fee level below the average funds, show better timing results; in other words, sophisticated and better informed investors make better cash flow timing decisions. Controlling for SR strategy, green fund investors (our proxy for profit-seeking investors) had the worst results (similar to those obtained for conventional investors in the prior literature), and religious fund investors (our proxy for the values-driven profile) had results that were most different from conventional investors.

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  • Muñoz, Fernando, 2016. "Cash flow timing skills of socially responsible mutual fund investors," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 110-124.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:48:y:2016:i:c:p:110-124
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2016.09.011
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