Chasing trend and losing money: open end mutual fund investors' trading behaviour in Greece
This study examines the trading behaviour of mutual fund investors, its medium-term profitability and its impact on the performance of individual funds. An important yet thinly investigated subject is examined under the prism of a small emerging stock market growing to maturity, during both a strong bull and a violent bear market. The findings of this study are insightful: Mutual fund investors do not chase past returns. The empirical evidence also suggests that they do not hunt past superior performance. However, they do seem to employ a current-performance momentum screen to pick their funds, while their trading behaviour doesn't seem to affect the concurrent performance of the fund. Finally, it is claimed that mutual fund investors are perverse fund pickers. The suggested conclusion can only be that money is inefficiently invested in mutual funds.
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Volume (Year): 11 (2004)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
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