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Front-running by Mutual Fund Managers: It ain't that Bad

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  • Danthine, Jean-Pierre
  • Moresi, Serge X

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This paper evaluates the welfare implications of front-running by mutual fund managers. It extends the model of Kyle (1985) to a situation in which the insider with fundamentals-information competes against an insider with trade-information and in which noise trading is endogenized. Noise traders are small investors trading through mutual funds to hedge non-tradable or illiquid assets. The insider with trade-information is one of the fund managers. We find that front-running activity reduces their customers’ liquidity costs, but it also reduces their hedging benefits. As a result, the customers of the front-running manager may be worse off and place smaller orders. The opposite is true, for those investors who are not subject to front-running, however. In aggregate, front-running will either have no effect, or have a positive effect on welfare.

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  • Danthine, Jean-Pierre & Moresi, Serge X, 1996. "Front-running by Mutual Fund Managers: It ain't that Bad," CEPR Discussion Papers 1528, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:1528
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    Keywords

    Front-running; Insider Trading; Noise Trading;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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