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Mutual fund volatility timing and management fees

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  • Giambona, Erasmo
  • Golec, Joseph

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This paper shows that compensation incentives partly drive fund managers' market volatility timing strategies. Larger incentive management fees lead to less counter-cyclical or more pro-cyclical volatility timing. But fund styles or aggregate fund flows could also account for this relation; therefore, we control for them and find that the relation between fees and volatility timing still holds. Results show that less aggressive fund styles are associated with pro-cyclical volatility timing, and that volatility timing and flow timing are negatively related. We also find that pro-cyclical timing mostly improves funds' average excess returns, Sharpe ratios, and alphas.

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  • Giambona, Erasmo & Golec, Joseph, 2009. "Mutual fund volatility timing and management fees," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 589-599, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:33:y:2009:i:4:p:589-599
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