Think you can choose your asset manager? Think again – mutual fund investors’ inability to distinguish fund managers’ skill

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School of Business | Bachelor's thesis
Date
2020
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Mcode
Degree programme
Rahoitus
Language
en
Pages
20 + 5
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Abstract
In this thesis, I contribute to the existing understanding of mutual fund flows and investor behaviour. I start by providing further evidence on that mutual fund investors tend to follow common factor-related returns, implicating that investors confuse factor-related returns with real fund managerial skill. I continue by showing that mutual funds which have attracted the most fund flows due to factor-related returns offer the lowest expected future performance for a subsequent period measured in investors’ net alphas. I conclude by providing evidence on the impact that investors’ inability to recognise managerial skill has directly on investors’ returns measured in risk-adjusted basis.
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Spickers, Theresa
Keywords
mutual funds, fund flows, investor sophistication, The efficient market hypothesis
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