Fund Flows, Manager Changes, and Performance Persistence*

Bessler, W., Blake, D., Lückoff, P. & Tonks, I. (2017). Fund Flows, Manager Changes, and Performance Persistence*. Review of Finance, doi: 10.1093/rof/rfx017

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Abstract

Most empirical studies suggest that mutual funds do not persistently outperform an appropriate benchmark in the long run. We analyze this lack of persistence in terms of two equilibrating mechanisms: fund flows and manager changes. Using data on actively managed US equity mutual funds, we find that if neither mechanism is operating, winner funds (top-decile ranked in previous year) continue to significantly outperform loser funds (bottom-decile ranked in previous year) by 4.08 percentage points per annum. However, the difference between previous winner and loser funds declines to zero within one year if the two mechanisms are acting together. Thus, equity mutual fund out- and underperformance are unlikely to persist in well-functioning financial markets.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Review of Finance following peer review. The version of record Bessler, W., Blake, D., Lückoff, P. & Tonks, I. (2017). Fund Flows, Manager Changes, and Performance Persistence*. Review of Finance, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/rof/rfx017
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mutual funds, Performance persistence, Fund flows, Manager changes
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Finance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17527

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