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The Persistence of Mutual Funds Performance: Evidence From The UK Stock Market


  • Dimitrios F. Kenourgios

    (Department of Economics, University of Athens)

  • Ioannis Petropoulos

    (Department of Economics and Finance, Brunel University)


This paper examines the past performances of mutual funds as a criterion for investors’ future choices. In particular, it examines if mutual funds (which invested in the U.K stock market) that have presented the highest return through one or two years continue the same high performances through the future years. We start our analysis by calculating the annually returns of all funds and the Jensen’s measure of performance (in the context of CAPM). Moreover, we test persistence by constructing two-way tables showing the successful performance over successive two-year and one year period. Afterwards, we simulate a strategy of investing in the top performing mutual funds during the preceding two years. We conclude that in 1990s persistence is weak. We do not find strong evidence that past returns provide information about future returns. As most of the results in relevant studies, our results may be subject to survivorship bias, because we do not include in our sample funds that have ceased to exist or merged or started their operation after 1990 (they do not have complete observations).

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  • Dimitrios F. Kenourgios & Ioannis Petropoulos, 2004. "The Persistence of Mutual Funds Performance: Evidence From The UK Stock Market," Ekonomia, Cyprus Economic Society and University of Cyprus, vol. 7(2), pages 121-138, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:ekn:ekonom:v:7:y:2004:i:2:p:121-138

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    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading


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