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Mutual funds withdraw shield: performance or agency costs driver?

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  • Carlos Francisco Alves
  • Helena Mouta

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In this paper, using a unique database, we compare the performance of a set of equity mutual funds to a set of equity savings funds, which are similar to equity mutual funds in all but one characteristic: the tax regime that strongly penalizes withdrawals from equity savings funds. We found evidence consistent with the hypothesis that mutual funds less subject to liquidity shocks exhibit higher performances.

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  • Carlos Francisco Alves & Helena Mouta, 2012. "Mutual funds withdraw shield: performance or agency costs driver?," Economics and Business Letters, Oviedo University Press, vol. 1(1), pages 30-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:ove:journl:aid:9318
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