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On the behavior of mutual fund investors and managers

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  • Goriaev, A.P.

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)

This thesis investigates empirically and theoretically the behavior of mutual fund investors and managers. These two aspects are closely related to each other. Investors try to select funds that follow an optimal investment policy from their point of view, while fund managers are typically interested in maximizing net fund inflows. In the first part of the thesis, we analyze the determinants of mutual fund flows, concentrating on the impact of past performance on fund flows. In particular, we investigate the lag structure of the flow-performance relationship and the impact of different classification systems on fund flows. In the second part of the thesis, we study the strategic behavior of mutual fund managers. In this part, we first consider the impact of auto-correlation and cross-correlation in fund returns on statistical tests of risk taking by fund managers performed in the literature. Finally, in a two-period model, we study risk-taking incentives of mutual fund managers with ranking objectives and then empirically test the predictions of the model.

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Paper provided by Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management in its series Other publications TiSEM with number 2024249e-ce62-4693-bc8d-41f8be909395.

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Length: 139
Date of creation: 2002
Publication status: Published
Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiutis:2024249e-ce62-4693-bc8d-41f8be909395
Note: Dissertation
Contact details of provider: Web page: https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/about/schools/economics-and-management/

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  1. Russ Wermers, 2000. "Mutual Fund Performance: An Empirical Decomposition into Stock-Picking Talent, Style, Transactions Costs, and Expenses," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 55(4), pages 1655-1703, 08.
  2. Pastor, Lubos & Stambaugh, Robert F., 2002. "Investing in equity mutual funds," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 63(3), pages 351-380, March.
  3. Palomino, F.A. & Uhlig, H.F.H.V.S., 1999. "Should smart investors buy funds with high returns in the past," Discussion Paper 1999-69, Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research.
  4. Lu Zheng, 1999. "Is Money Smart? A Study of Mutual Fund Investors' Fund Selection Ability," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 54(3), pages 901-933, 06.
  5. Erik R. Sirri & Peter Tufano, 1998. "Costly Search and Mutual Fund Flows," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 53(5), pages 1589-1622, October.
  6. David K. Musto, 1999. "Investment Decisions Depend on Portfolio Disclosures," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 54(3), pages 935-952, 06.
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