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Purchase and redemption decisions of mutual fund investors and the role of fund families


  • Jank, Stephan
  • Wedow, Michael


This paper investigates the purchases and redemptions of a large cross-sectional sample of German equity funds. We find that investors punish bad performance by selling their shares, but also have a tendency to sell winners. Investors in large fund families show higher sales and redemption rates. Furthermore, family size also affects the flow-performance relationship. On the one hand, investors in large families punish bad performance more, on the other, they also tend to sell winners more. Finally, we find that inner-family rankings play an important role for redemptions, with investors strongly redeeming their shares from intra-family losers.

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  • Jank, Stephan & Wedow, Michael, 2010. "Purchase and redemption decisions of mutual fund investors and the role of fund families," Discussion Paper Series 2: Banking and Financial Studies 2010,03, Deutsche Bundesbank.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:bubdp2:201003

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    1. Shinozawa, Yoshikatsu & Vivian, Andrew, 2015. "Determinants of money flows into investment trusts in Japan," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 138-161.
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    4. Dötz, Niko & Weth, Mark, 2013. "Cash holdings of German open-end equity funds: Does ownership matter?," Discussion Papers 47/2013, Deutsche Bundesbank.
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    Mutual funds; fund family; flow-performance relationship;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors


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