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Are behavioural finance equity funds a superior investment? A note on fund performance and market efficiency

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  • Christiane Goodfellow

    (Jade Hochschule)

  • Dirk Schiereck
  • Steffen Wippler

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This article compares the performance of behavioural finance funds with the performance of the market and that of matched mutual funds across the major regions of the world from 1990 to 2010. Performance is measured raw and risk-adjusted. The empirical evidence suggests that behavioural finance funds neither outperform nor underperform the market or matched actively managed mutual funds. Overall, the empirical findings vary strongly with the set-up of the investigation. We conclude that either stock markets are more efficient, or fund management is worse, than behavioural finance funds advertise. This is consistent with other studies’ results.

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  • Christiane Goodfellow & Dirk Schiereck & Steffen Wippler, 2013. "Are behavioural finance equity funds a superior investment? A note on fund performance and market efficiency," Journal of Asset Management, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 14(2), pages 111-119, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:assmgt:v:14:y:2013:i:2:d:10.1057_jam.2013.9
    DOI: 10.1057/jam.2013.9
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