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Disposition effect and mutual fund performance

Listed author(s):
  • Manuel Ammann
  • Alexander Ising
  • Stephan Kessler

This article finds strong evidence for the presence of the disposition effect among US mutual fund managers. The analysis can establish a link between the disposition effect and mutual fund characteristics as well as changes in the macroeconomic environment. Managers with a lower disposition effect are found to invest in larger equities with a higher trade volume, a higher past performance, lower idiosyncratic risk, and a higher risk-adjusted performance. However, fund characteristics and the economic environment can only explain a limited amount of the variation in the disposition effect across mutual funds. Using a new methodology to reduce the disposition effect exhibited by mutual fund investments, we find no increase in their profitability. Although statistically significant, the disposition effect has only a minor economic effect on fund performance.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Financial Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 1-19

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:22:y:2012:i:1:p:1-19
DOI: 10.1080/09603107.2011.595676
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