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Purchase and redemption decisions of mutual fund investors and the role of fund families

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  • Stephan Jank
  • Michael Wedow

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This paper investigates the purchases and redemptions of a large cross-sectional sample of German equity funds. We find that investors not only punish bad performance by selling their shares, but also have a tendency to sell winners. Investors in large fund families show higher sales and redemption rates. Furthermore, family size also affects the flow-performance relationship: investors in large families punish bad performance more. Last, we find that inner family rankings play an important part for redemptions, with investors strongly redeeming their shares from intra-family losers. This result provides a potential reconciliation to the apparent contradiction between the low average holding period of mutual fund investors and the lack of investor discipline.

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  • Stephan Jank & Michael Wedow, 2013. "Purchase and redemption decisions of mutual fund investors and the role of fund families," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(2), pages 127-144, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eurjfi:v:19:y:2013:i:2:p:127-144 DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2012.662908
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    1. Dötz, Niko & Weth, Mark, 2013. "Cash holdings of German open-end equity funds: Does ownership matter?," Discussion Papers 47/2013, Deutsche Bundesbank.
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    3. Shinozawa, Yoshikatsu & Vivian, Andrew, 2015. "Determinants of money flows into investment trusts in Japan," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 138-161.
    4. Nan-Yu Wang & Sen-Sung Chen & Chih-Jen Huang & Cheng-Hsin Yen, 2014. "Purchase and Redemption Decisions of Mutual Fund Investors of Variable Life Insurance-Using Quantile Regression," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 4(4), pages 714-725.
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    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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