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Heads we win, tails you lose: Is there equity in Islamic equity funds?

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  • Kamil, Nazrol K.M.
  • Alhabshi, Syed O.
  • Bacha, Obiyathulla I.
  • Masih, Mansur

Abstract

We made the first estimate of the proportion of fund alpha statistically attributable to luck rather than skill for a sample of Malaysian Islamic equity funds. Broadly, the funds do not outperform market benchmarks. In the limited instances where performance is superior, based on a contemporary methodology, as much as 47% of the observed positive fund alpha is statistically attributable to luck. Thus, at 5% significance level, we find only 1.95% of our funds to be genuinely skilled. Our findings raise questions regarding the equitability of these funds levying fixed fees, making a case for potential innovation in fund remuneration structure.

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  • Kamil, Nazrol K.M. & Alhabshi, Syed O. & Bacha, Obiyathulla I. & Masih, Mansur, 2014. "Heads we win, tails you lose: Is there equity in Islamic equity funds?," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 7-28.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pacfin:v:28:y:2014:i:c:p:7-28
    DOI: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2013.09.004
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    Keywords

    Islamic equity funds; Luck versus skill; Performance measurement;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • Z12 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Religion

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