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Missing the marks? Dispersion in corporate bond valuations across mutual funds

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  • Cici, Gjergji
  • Gibson, Scott
  • Merrick Jr., John J.

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We study the dispersion of month-end valuations placed on identical corporate bonds by different mutual funds. Such dispersion is related to bond-specific characteristics associated with liquidity and market volatility. The Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) could have contributed to the general decline in dispersion over our sample period, though other factors most likely played roles. Further tests reveal marking patterns to be consistent with returns smoothing behavior by managers. Funds with ambiguous marking policies and those holding "hard-to-mark" bonds appear more prone to smooth reported returns. From a regulatory perspective, we see little downside to requiring funds to explicitly state their marking standards.

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  • Cici, Gjergji & Gibson, Scott & Merrick Jr., John J., 2011. "Missing the marks? Dispersion in corporate bond valuations across mutual funds," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 101(1), pages 206-226, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinec:v:101:y:2011:i:1:p:206-226
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    1. Cici, Gjergji & Gibson, Scott & Gunduz, Yalin & Merrick, John J., 2013. "Market transparency and the marking precision of bond mutual fund managers," CFR Working Papers 13-07, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
    2. repec:eee:jfinec:v:126:y:2017:i:3:p:592-613 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Fang Cai & Song Han & Dan Li & Yi Li, 2016. "Institutional Herding and Its Price Impact : Evidence from the Corporate Bond Market," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2016-091, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    4. Moneta, Fabio, 2015. "Measuring bond mutual fund performance with portfolio characteristics," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 223-242.

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