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Mutual Fund Investors: Sharp Enough?

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  • Palmiter, Alan


    (Wake Forest School of Law)

  • Taha, Ahmed


    (Wake Forest School of Law)

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    Who are mutual fund investors? The answer is critical to regulatory policy. The mutual fund industry portrays fund investors as diligent, fairly sophisticated, and guided by professional financial advisors. The SEC paints a more cautious portrait of fund investors, though touts improved disclosure by the fund industry as a sufficient antidote. However, an extensive academic literature finds that fund investors are unaware of the basics of their funds, pay insufficient attention to fund costs, and chase past performance despite little evidence that high past fund returns predict future returns. These findings suggest that policymakers should rethink current regulatory policy. Disclosure may not be enough.

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    Article provided by Capco Institute in its journal Journal of Financial Transformation.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2008)
    Issue (Month): ()
    Pages: 113-121

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    Handle: RePEc:ris:jofitr:0948
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