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Costly Information, Diversification, and International Mutual Fund Performance

  • Engström, Stefan

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    (Dept. of Finance, Stockholm School of Economics)

Active portfolio management is associated with a costly search for information. This paper provides evidence on how this costly search affects the performance of European-based mutual funds that are actively managed and invest in Asia and Europe. The paper examines both the search for superior stocks by fund managers and the search by unit-linked funds for superior fund managers. Moreover, performance and the impact of geographical distance between the fund and the market are examined.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 385.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 26 May 2000
Date of revision: 10 Nov 2001
Publication status: Published in Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, 2003, pages 463-482.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0385
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