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The use of derivatives in the spanish mutual fund industry

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  • José M. Marín

    () (IE Business School and IMDEA)

  • Thomas A. Rangel

    () (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

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We study the use of derivatives in the Spanish mutual fund industry. The picture that emerges from our analysis is rather negative. In general, the use of derivatives does not improve the performance of the funds. In only one out of eight categories we find some (very weak and not robust) evidence of superior performance. In most of the cases users significantly underperform non users. Furthermore, users do not seem to exhibit superior timing or selectivity skills either, but rather the contrary. This bad performance is only partially explained by the larger fees funds using derivatives charge. Moreover, we do not find evidence of derivatives being used for hedging purposes. We do find evidence of derivatives being used for speculation. But users in only one category exhibit skills as speculators. Finally, we find evidence of derivatives being used to manage the funds\' cash inflows and outflows more efficiently.

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  • José M. Marín & Thomas A. Rangel, 2007. "The use of derivatives in the spanish mutual fund industry," Working Papers 2007-22, Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales.
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    2. Galkiewicz, Dominika Paula, 2014. "Manager Characteristics and Credit Derivative Use by U.S. Corporate Bond Funds," Discussion Papers in Economics 24445, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
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    5. Adam, Tim & Guettler, Andre, 2015. "Pitfalls and perils of financial innovation: The use of CDS by corporate bond funds," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 204-214.
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    Keywords

    mutual funds; derivative use; risk management;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services

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