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Mutual Fund Competition in the Presence of Dynamic Flows


  • Michèle Breton

    (CREF, GERAD, and HEC Montr´eal)

  • Julien Hugonnier

    (University of Lausanne and Swiss Finance Institute)

  • Tarek Masmoudi

    (Caisse de d´epˆot et placement du Qu´ebec (CDPQ))


This paper analyzes competition between mutual funds in a multiple funds version of the model of Hugonnier and Kaniel [18]. We characterize the set of equilibria for this delegated portfolio management game and show that there exists a unique Pareto optimal equilibrium. The main result of this paper shows that the funds cannot differentiate themselves through portfolio choice in the sense that they should offer the same risk/return tradeoff in equilibrium. This result brings theoretical support to the findings of recent empirical studies on the importance of media coverage and marketing in the mutual funds industry.

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  • Michèle Breton & Julien Hugonnier & Tarek Masmoudi, 2008. "Mutual Fund Competition in the Presence of Dynamic Flows," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 08-26, Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp0826

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    portfolio management; asset-based management fees; mutual funds; dynamic flows; stochastic differential game.;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis

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