Spillover Effects in Mutual Fund Companies
University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
T. Mandy Tham
Wealth Management Institute
February 17, 2015
McCombs Research Paper Series No. FIN-03-11
Our paper investigates spillover effects across different business segments of publicly traded financial conglomerates. We find that the investment decisions of mutual fund shareholders do not just depend on the prior performance of the mutual funds, they also depend on the prior performance of the funds’ management companies. Flows into equity and bond mutual funds increase with the prior stock price performance of the funds’ management companies after controlling for fund performance and other fund characteristics. The sensitivity of flows to the management company’s performance is not justified by the subsequent performance of the affiliated funds. The results indicate that the reputation of a company’s brand has a significant impact on the behavior of its customers.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Mutual Fund Flows, Financial Conglomerates, Umbrella Branding, Performance Predictability
JEL Classification: G10, G14, G21, G23, G33
Date posted: January 18, 2011 ; Last revised: February 27, 2015
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